Amendments to Occupational Health and Safety Act schedules in Regulation 950 under the Provincial Offences Act
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Provincial Offences Act
Summary of Decision:
The amendments have been approved and come into effect on April 1, 2018.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
There are no additional compliance costs associated with this proposal. The offences set out in the schedules are only applicable where a Ministry of Labour inspector observes non-compliance. The revised and new schedules do not introduce any new requirements for businesses to meet, so there are no associated costs for businesses.
Summary of Proposal:
The proposal amends four existing schedules in Regulation 950 under the Provincial Offences Act (POA) by adding a number of listed offences to each one. These schedules (Schedules 67, 67.1, 67.3 and 67.4) set out various offences relating to requirements in O. Reg. 213/91 (Construction Projects) and Regulation 851 (Industrial Establishments) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
The proposal also adds two new schedules to the regulation: Schedule 66.2 sets out various offences under the OHSA and Schedule 67.5 lists offences relating to employer requirements in O. Reg. 297/13 (Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training).
The amendments will allow Ministry of Labour inspectors to issue a POA Part I Offence Notice for a greater range of offences, and provide for a streamlined alternative to the summons process. The amendments, which come into effect on April 1, 2018, also help implement one of the recommendations of the Expert Advisory Panel Report on Occupational Health and Safety.
Ontario Ministry of Labour
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April 1, 2018