Ontario report calls for overhaul of OHS

Mandatory training for construction workers, new prevention organization top the list
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/14/2011

Enhanced safety training for every construction worker and a prevention organization reporting directly to the province’s Ministry of Labour are just two of the 46 recommendations in a report calling for improvements to Ontario’s occupational health and safety system.

The report by the Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational Health and Safety is the result of an investigation launched after four construction workers fell to their death in Toronto in December 2009.

The 10-person panel was headed by Tony Dean, Ontario’s former cabinet secretary and a professor at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. The panel sought input from a variety of workers, employers, unions, professional organizations, special interest groups and individuals.