MOL 2006 2007 Priorities

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Published on December 17, 2007

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Ministry of Labour 2006/2007 Priorities:  Ministry of Labour 2006/2007 Priorities Fiona Dalziel, Provincial Specialist Industrial Health and Safety Program Presented to OHAO March 29, 2006 Agenda:  Agenda Ministry of Labour Business Strategy Targeted Enforcement Enhanced Enforcement Capacity Sector-Specific Initiatives Other Initiatives MOL Business Strategy:  MOL Business Strategy Ministry of Labour commitment to reducing workplace injuries by 20% by 2008 (and prevent 20,000 lost-time injuries per year) Business strategy: Focus resources based on high-risk framework Mitigate risk through implementing effective strategies and wise use of resources Measure whether the efforts make a difference OHS System:  OHS System Strengthening the OHS System:  Strengthening the OHS System MOL and WSIB: information sharing agreement to identify and target firms (high-risk and priority) MOL/WSIB harmonized data: Single, consistent method of reporting lost-time injury rates and fatalities Based on WSIB estimated workforce numbers Strengthening the OHS System:  Strengthening the OHS System System wide targeting of worst 10% of workplaces by MOL, WSIB, HSA’s 2% MOL High Risk 8% Priority Firms (MOL); Last Chance (HSAs) Why Focus on High-Risk Firms?:  Why Focus on High-Risk Firms? 10% of firms insured by WSIB represent 40% of all injuries/costs (>30,000 workplaces) 5 x as many injuries to newly hired workers 4 x as many serious injuries 4 x as many injured workers who don’t speak English 3 x as many young workers injured Targeted Enforcement:  Targeted Enforcement Top 10% identified by risk assessment methodology using WSIB data 2005/06 algorithm had 5 criteria 2006/07 algorithm - 6 criteria based on previous 3 yrs: Number of LTI’s per worker Average cost per LTI Number of NLTI’s per worker Average cost per NLTI Excess cost of LTI for employer relative to sector Excess cost of NLTI for employer relative to sector Proactive Inspections:  Proactive Inspections High, Priority and Low Risk Targeting High-Risk Initiative:  High-Risk Initiative Targeted inspections of high-risk/high-cost firms MOL target = top 2% Proactive inspections 4 x per year Approximate targets for 2006/2007: 4000 industrial firms 1800 construction firms 10 mines What are MOL inspectors looking for?:  What are MOL inspectors looking for? Systemic OHS Problems: Poor IRS Lack of OHS awareness and culture Lack of OHS programs and training Specific Issues and Hazards Inspectors will assess each workplace: Follow up inspection needed or not? Further progress and improvement required? Issues more related to WSIB claims management? Last Chance Initiative:  Last Chance Initiative High-Risk Firms – top 2% (MOL targets) Priority Firms – next 8% Health and Safety Associations (HSA’s) select their “last chance” firms from the 8% An initial pilot group of 5 HSA’s participated (in 2006/2007 all 12 HSA’s will participate) Associations work with these selected firms to improve their health and safety performance Priority Firms Initiative:  Priority Firms Initiative Remaining firms of 8% become MOL Priority MOL target of 1 visit during year Monitor Internal Responsibility System of firm to ensure the firms do not move into high risk category Priority Referral Initiative:  Priority Referral Initiative Consists of firms that are : referred by HSA’s through Last Chance Initiative high-risk firms carried over from the previous year due to repeat or outstanding orders, or other reasons sector specific targeting strategies or referred by field due to unacceptable number of complaints, work refusals, incidents or state of the IRS MOL inspectors visit these firms 2 x per year Monitoring Impact:  Monitoring Impact System-wide monitoring of impact: # of targeted inspections Priority hazards Appropriate orders, prosecutions, fines Requests for training through HSA’s Activities of Last Chance initiative Fatality, critical injury, LTI trends MOL High-Risk Activity (Apr 1, 2005 to Feb 28, 2006):  MOL High-Risk Activity (Apr 1, 2005 to Feb 28, 2006) Partner Outcomes:  Partner Outcomes WSIB outcomes in the targeted high-risk firms (April 1, 2005 to January 3, 2006) show that we are on track to meeting our commitments (i.e. lower LTI #’s and rates) In 2006, IWH plans to launch formal evaluation of effectiveness of HSA’s last chance initiative Enhanced MOL Enforcement Capacity:  Enhanced MOL Enforcement Capacity An essential part of the MOL’s business strategy was the hiring of 200 new inspectors 131 new inspectors hired and trained in 2004/2005 (and in the field) 69 additional inspectors are currently being recruited As of 2006, expect total MOL inspectors = 430 Health Care Sector:  Health Care Sector Last group of recruits includes 6 health care inspectors Individuals with knowledge and experience of health care and will be dedicated to enforcement in this sector Start April 3, 2006 and begin training program When trained, their role will include: Initially concentrate on proactive inspections of high-risk health care facilities Assisting all other industrial inspectors with health care inspections or investigations Liaise with other health care groups (e.g., LTC compliance officers, public health inspectors, OSACH, etc.) Health Care Sector (cont’d):  Health Care Sector (cont’d) Proactive inspections to address: IRS, JHSC function, infection control measures and procedures, ergonomics, violence, etc. MOL will continue to address sharps injury prevention: employers to assess risk of sharps-related injuries implement measures to prevent injury - safety engineered medical sharps (SEMS) may be a reasonable precaution MOL will continue to address use of respiratory protection for protection against airborne transmitted diseases: Employers to ensure staff trained/fit-tested to deal with routine situations and to respond to emergencies Recommend ability to ramp up training/fit-testing, if necessary Health Care Sector (cont’d):  Health Care Sector (cont’d) MOL is continuing to work with MOHLTC (and other ministries/agencies) on initiatives and issues including: Emergency Management Ontario (EMO)/working groups Pandemic influenza plans (MOL Provincial Physician is member of OHPIP steering committee) Infection control measures and procedures (MOL Provincial Physician is member of PIDAC) Use of PPE (including respiratory protection) Legionnaires’ Disease prevention in LTC homes Etc. Slide23:  Statistics on Farming Operations Slide24:  Statistics on Farming Operations Slide25:  Statistics on Farming Operations Slide26:  Statistics on Farming Operations Farming Operations:  Farming Operations O. Reg. 414/05, Farming Operations, comes into effect June 30, 2006 Does not apply to farming operations operated by a self-employed person without any workers JHSC if 20 or > workers and have duties related to: Mushroom, greenhouse, dairy, hog, cattle, poultry farming (JHSC certification requirements apply if 50 or > workers) The following regulations apply: Critical Injury Definition; Training Programs; Training Requirements for Certain Skills Sets and Trades Farming Operations (cont’d):  Farming Operations (cont’d) MOL working with OMAFRA, FSA, farming industry: To implement legislation To develop guidelines to assist in identifying main hazards (e.g., tractors, heavy machinery, large animals, equipment guarding and lockout, hazardous atmospheres, falls, etc.) Public awareness sessions held in Feb/Mar 2006 Information on the Act, Regulations, Policy and Program for Farming Operations at 1st year: MOL will focus on reacting to events 2nd year: MOL will develop a proactive inspection strategy Industrial Sector - Ticketing:  Industrial Sector - Ticketing Announced January 20, 2005: Part I tickets under Provincial Offences Act for violations of Industrial Regulations (Schedules 67.3 and 67.4.) 81 contraventions that pose immediate and potentially serious hazard to a worker; are observable by an Inspector; do not raise complex legal or factual issues Set fines at $200 or $300 Tied to the government’s plan to reduce workplace injuries by 20% over 4 years From Jan to Dec 2005 - 508 tickets issued Construction Sector: Underground Economy:  Construction Sector: Underground Economy To respond to construction industry concerns regarding fairness, competitiveness and level playing field To identify workers/employers involved in the underground economy and ensure everyone complies with legal obligations MOL has formal agreement with WSIB, Electrical Safety Authority, and the ministries of Finance and Training, Colleges and Universities to work together to identify underground economy activity and recover lost revenue to all parties MOL is collecting data, including WSIB registrations and tax information, for these organizations to follow up on Underground Economy (cont’d):  Underground Economy (cont’d) Mar 10, 2006: $1,727,022 revenue assessed; $996,308 recovered Educating consumers about dangers of using underground, unqualified contractors/workers ( MOL inspectors enforce the TQAA’s certification requirements for: electricians, hoisting engineers, plumbers, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics, sheet metal workers and steamfitters Announced Mar 6, 2005: Reg. 950 under POA amended to give MOL inspectors power to issue tickets to employers, supervisors, workers in specified trades if do not provide written proof of TQAA qualifications - Chief Justice must first set fines Ergonomics:  Ergonomics Half of all work days lost are due to ergonomics-related injuries Ergonomics sub-committee of Minister’s Health and Safety Action Group for Manufacturing Sector Issued report with recommendations in Sept 2005 MOL is acting on the sub-committee recommendations Refer to MOL website for info: Ergonomics (cont’d) Pains and Strains Campaign:  Ergonomics (cont’d) Pains and Strains Campaign MOL will raise awareness of ergonomic-related injuries (Pains and Strains Campaign announced Jan 26, 2006) MOL will work with WSIB and HSA’s to develop information and guidelines for employers and workers MOL inspectors will receive enhanced ergonomics training (to assist MOL Ergonomists) April 2006: inspectors will include ergonomic risk factors in inspections/enforcement at high-risk workplaces in industrial and health care sectors Young Worker Safety:  Young Worker Safety The MOL treats young worker safety seriously MOL inspectors will check to ensure that employers have programs in place that address young worker safety, including: Ensuring young workers know their rights and responsibilities Orientation for young workers Job-specific training Adequate supervision (“competent” supervisors) See MOL website for info: Confined Spaces:  Confined Spaces Confined Spaces Regulation (632/05) and amendments to the Industrial, Construction, Mining, and Health Care Regs. were filed and published in e-laws and Ontario Gazette in Dec 2005 Comes into effect on Sept 30, 2006 MOL is developing guideline to assist employers Asbestos Regulation:  Asbestos Regulation Regulation filed/published in June 2005 Came into effect on November 1, 2005 Some provisions related to training program and asbestos management program will come into effect on November 1, 2007 MOL is working on guideline to assist employers Proposed Noise Amendments:  Proposed Noise Amendments MOL proposal to revoke current noise provisions in Regulation 851 and replace them with the following: TWA exposure limit of 85 dBA (based on 3 dB exchange rate); and 140 dBC ceiling limit. Public consultation period ended Feb 24, 2006 MOL currently reviewing submissions Occupational Exposure Limits:  Occupational Exposure Limits Annually proposing limits recommended by ACGIH for adoption in Ontario: Ensures that OELs are regularly updated based on standards developed by ACGIH, a credible organization. ACGIH standards setting process is transparent and provides industry with lead time to work towards attaining compliance should new limit be adopted in Ontario. Ensures that Ontario’s limits will remain current. Anticipate ACGIH to publish 2006 recommended limits in Spring; MOL to propose changes following that date. 2005 OEL Update:  2005 OEL Update More protective OELs for 23 substances were adopted into regulation in November, 2005 All except Formaldehyde and Styrene were effective November 28, 2005. Revised limits for Formaldehyde are effective December 31, 2007. Regulatory Modernization Act:  Regulatory Modernization Act Regulatory Modernization Act, 2006: to modernize business compliance by changing the way regulatory ministries can use and share information. If passed, it would allow ministries to: Collect, use, share specific info for compliance purposes( ie: UE project) Notify another ministry if something relevant is observed Create teams from different ministries to work on projects Publish info about organization’s compliance record (deterrent) Authorize prosecutors to request court consider relevant prior convictions in sentencing of a defendant Require court to provide reasons when it decides previous conviction does not justify a more severe penalty The Act would also include safeguards for businesses Smoking in the Workplace:  Smoking in the Workplace Effective May 31, 2006, the Smoking in the Workplace Act will be repealed and the Smoke-Free Ontario Act will come into force O. Reg. 48/06 made under SFOA filed Mar 1, 2006 Public health inspectors will enforce the new smoking legislation Ministry of Health Promotion: Thank you! Questions?:  Thank you! Questions? Abbreviations:  Abbreviations FSA = Farm Safety Association HSA’s = Health and Safety Associations IRS = Internal Responsibility System IWH = Institute for Work and Health LTC = Long-term care LTI = Lost Time Injury (NLTI = No Lost Time Injury) MOHLTC = Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care MOL = Ministry of Labour OHPIP = Ontario Health Plan for an Influenza Pandemic OMAFRA = Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs OSACH = Ontario Safety Association for Community & Healthcare PIDAC = Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee POA = Provincial Offences Act TQAA = Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act

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