Ministry of Labour proposes hearing protection for all; stronger OH&S protections for Construction workers
Ontario’s Ministry of Labour posted on the province’s Regulatory Registry,October 28, 2014, notice that the ministry has developed the following regulatory consultation proposals for public review. Comments due by December 28, 2014.
1. Extending hearing protection requirements to all workers: The ministry is proposing to extend noise protection requirements to all Ontario workers under the Occupational Health and Safety Act that are not currently covered by noise requirements in: Regulation 851 Industrial Establishments (Section 139);Regulation 854 Mines and Mining Plants (Section 293.1); or Regulation 855 Oil and Gas-Offshore (Section 41).Examples of workplaces affected by this proposal include: health care facilities,schools, farming operations, fire services, police services and amusement parks.
2. Occupational Health Protection for Construction Workers: The ministry is proposing three regulatory changes to improve worker protection from hazardous exposures to: 1) noise; 2) biological and chemical agents; and 3) carbon monoxide
released from internal combustion engines. The proposals reflect regulatory recommendations that were put forward by the construction industry’s Provincial Labour Management Health and Safety Committee (PLMHSC) – an advisory committee established under Section 21 of the OHSA to provide advice on health and safety concerns in the construction industry.
3. Foundation Drill Rigs: The ministry is proposing to add new requirements to O.Reg. 213/91 Construction Projects under the Occupational Health and Safety Act(OHSA), in order to introduce new safety measures to address key areas of drill rig operation and to enhance health and safety protections for workers during the operation of rotary foundation drill rigs.The ministry is also proposing to introduce new training requirements for drill rig operators that are based on the learning outcomes and performance objectives set out in the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Foundation Drill Rig Operator Modular Training Standard.
4. Miscellaneous amendments to the Construction Projects Regulation: The ministry is proposing to make miscellaneous amendments to O. Reg. 213/91 to correct errors, omissions, and inconsistencies and update outdated references in O. Reg. 213/91.