OHS Act Updates
The Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD) have updated the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Here are some key updates of note to contractors:
- Maximum fines have been increased from $100,000 to $1,500,000 for directors or officers of corporations and up to $500,000 for all other individuals.
- The limitation period of instituting a prosecution has been extended from one to two years.
Click here for more information.
Disconnecting from the Workplace Policy
Employers that have 25 or more employees are required to have a disconnecting from the workplace policy. A copy of this policy, along with any revisions made to the policy need to be communicated to employees within 30 days.
Click here for more information on what needs to be included in the policy and who it applies to.
Electronic Monitoring Policy
Employers with 25 or more employees are now required to have an Electronic Monitoring Policy in place on how an employer is electronically monitoring employees. Even if your company is not electronically monitoring employees, a policy must still be in place.
A copy of the Policy must be provided to employees. Click here for an Electronic Monitoring policy template from FCA International.
The MLITSD have also updated the Occupational Health and Safety Act to require certain workplaces to have naloxone kits and training on how to use them.
Kits must be provided if the employer is aware (or ought to reasonably be aware) of the risk of one of their workers having an opioid overdose.
Employers have until June 1, 2023 to comply with these new requirements.
Click here for more information on the requirements and to learn how to receive a free kit.
Ontario COR Program Updates:
- COR 2020 standard must now be used for any initial internal audit submissions to the IHSA and for external audits.
- As of Jan. 1, 2023, all COR internal audit submissions need to be submitted digitally via the AuditSoft tool.
Click here for more information on Ontario’s COR program.