Proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act to require naloxone kits in workplaces

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Bill or Act:
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Summary of Proposal:
The proposal, if accepted, would amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act to require an employer who becomes aware, or ought reasonably to be aware, that there may be a risk of a worker having an opioid overdose at a workplace where that worker performs work for the employer to provide a naloxone kit in that workplace.

The employer would also be required, under the proposal, to maintain the naloxone kit in good condition. The employer would be required to ensure that, at any time there are workers in the workplace, the naloxone kit is in the charge of a worker who works in the vicinity of the kit and who has received training on recognizing an opioid overdose, administering naloxone, and any hazards related to the administration of naloxone.

Under the proposal, if approved, employers would be prohibited from disclosing to any person more personal information than is reasonably necessary to comply with these proposed new provisions.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
It is anticipated that any short-term costs associated with this proposal including costs of kits will be offset by Government.

The proposal does not require the employer to use a specific training program or provider to achieve compliance with these requirements.

There are no anticipated cost savings to businesses as a result of the proposed amendments.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
22-MLTSD 003
Posting Date:
February 28, 2022
Comments Due Date:
March 29, 2022
Contact Address:
Health, Safety and Insurance Policy Branch
Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
400 University Avenue, 12th Floor
Toronto ON M7A 1T7