Ontario’s mining industry undertaking health and safety reviewGrassroots oversight, public consultation could shape H&S capacity, legislationBy Megan Waqué04/21/2014|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/20/2014 Many people don’t realize the role the mining industry has played in influencing health and safety legislation. Much of the language in Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) regarding worker, supervisor and employer duties was largely shaped by the recommendations of the Ham Commission Report of 1976. The reason for the Ham Commission? Uranium miners in Elliot Lake, Ont., had gone on strike after becoming alarmed about the high frequency of lung cancer and silicosis amongst co-workers. In 2003, Bill C-45 was passed — also known as the “Westray Bill.” The federal bill made it possible to charge corporations, directors and executives under the Criminal Code of Canada if employees are injured or fatally injured while at work. This legislation rose from the ashes of Nova Scotia’s 1992 mine disaster in which 26 miners were killed in an underground explosion. Union representatives and families of the deceased miners persistently advocated for this bill for more than a decade. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.