Comment deadline for safety regulations extended to March 31, 2011

Two construction professionals added to the review committee

The comment deadline for the new Northwest Territories (NWT) and Nunavut occupational health and safety regulations will be extended to March 31, 2011.

“Many members of the NWT Construction Association and the NWT Chamber of Commerce have requested more time to examine the potential effect that the proposed changes to the safety regulations will have in the NWT,” said Minister McLeod. “With the extension, stakeholders will have time to examine the proposed regulations in a coordinated manner and provide meaningful feedback to the Safety Regulation Review Committee.”

Bob Doherty, president of the NWT Construction Association said he was pleased with the extension.

Jack Rowe, of Rowe’s Construction, and a director at the NWT Construction Association were appointed to the review committee.

Both McLeod and Doherty said they believe Rowe’s long experience as a contractor and businessman in the NWT will provide an informed perspective that will benefit the final recommendations of the Safety Regulation Review Committee.

“As a former general contractor and small business owner, I am aware of the challenges of operating in a cold weather climate and the need for safety regulations that recognize and allow for our northern operating realities,” said McLeod. “I will not be signing off on any safety regulations that do not balance northern operating realities with best safety practices and worker safety.”

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