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Dear Members (Ontario)

Update to Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

The Ontario government has amended the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the WHMIS Regulation (R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 860) made under the OHSA to adopt new, international standards that are part of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

The amendments to the OHSA and WHMIS Regulation affect various requirements governing labels and safety data sheets for hazardous workplace chemicals. Also affected are definitions, terminology and provisions that protect confidential business information related to hazardous workplace chemicals. The changes reflect amendments to the federal Hazardous Products Act and new Hazardous Products Regulations, which came into force February 11, 2015.

The new requirements in the OHSA and WHMIS Regulation come into effect July 1, 2016. To give workplace parties time to adjust to the new requirements, there will be a transition period to gradually phase out the old requirements.

Employers have until May 31, 2018 to continue to receive and use hazardous products with either the old WHMIS labels and safety data sheets or the new ones.

Employers have from June 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018 to bring any hazardous products still in the workplace with the old WHMIS labels and safety data sheets into compliance with the new requirements.

By December 1, 2018, the transition to the new WHMIS labels and safety data sheets must be complete.

During the transition, employers must ensure workers are trained on both the old and new labels and safety data sheets for as long as both are present in the workplace.

Dear Members   (Ontario)

Amendments to the Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91) January 1, 2017

Amendments to the Construction Projects Regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to strengthen and clarify existing requirements relating to the use of suspended access equipment have been approved. The amendments are consistent with the changes proposed by the Ministry of Labour in the Summary of Proposal document that was posted on the government’s Regulatory Registry for a 90-day public consultation from March 20 to June 22, 2015. Key amendments include:

Introducing a requirement for notifying the Ministry of Labour prior to putting suspended access equipment into service for the first time at a project;

Introducing requirements for roof plans and site-specific work plans;

Introducing training requirements for workers who may use or inspect suspended access equipment;

Enhancing existing design, operational, technical and engineering requirements

Strengthening and enhancing existing inspection, testing and maintenance requirements by prescribing more prescriptive provisions for the regulated party; and,

Miscellaneous amendments to clarify certain requirements.

Amendments relating to the use of suspended access equipment will come into force on January 1, 2017. For more information on the amendments including the coming into force dates for the miscellaneous amendments, please visit the Source Law section of the e-Laws website.

Minisrty has came out with proposed changes for training (Health and Saftey Awareness for Construction workers), constructions companies with more then 20 employees. Please click on the link for more details.

 

Construction Health and Safety Awareness (Download PDF)

 

Summary of Proposal (Download PDF)

 

 

 

 

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