What’s new and changing for occupational health and safety in 2017

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Legislative changes plus annual calendar of events

Health and safety training classroom

The new year is an opportunity to reset and plan for the months ahead. Occupational health and safety highlights include new legal requirements for mining health and safety on January 1, ongoing Ministry of Labour (MOL) workplace inspection blitzes, plus more training options will be available for Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) Certification Part 2 for office and manufacturing workers. 

In addition, annual events like the Workplace Excellence Awards, Northern Ontario Safety Group, and Mining Health and Safety Conference continue to help make workplaces safer. Mark your 2017 calendar in advance and keep your organization in the know – here’s a roundup of upcoming occupational health and safety events for 2017. 

January

Jan 1: New requirements for Ontario mines take effect

Jan 1: Small business owners must meet Ontario’s Accessible Employment Law

Jan 1: All tow truck operators required to have a valid Commercial Vehicle Operator Registration (CVOR)

Jan: Joint Health and Safety Committee certification training for Offices and Manufacturing

Jan 11: Mining webinar: MOL inspection blitz - Mine Plants - Safe Work Practices for Processing

Jan 12: Mining webinar and meeting: Ontario Ministry of Labour consultation with mining industry

Jan 18: Deadline for Call for Papers for 2017 Mining Health and Safety Conference

Jan 24-25: Think Safe: Operational level risk assessment in mining - Register Sudbury

February

Feb 1-2: Think Safe Operational level risk assessment in mining - Register Timmins

Feb 28: Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day

Feb 1 – Mar 31: Ministry of Labour mining inspection blitz: Mine Plants - Safe Work Practices for Processing 

Feb-Oct: Small Business Health and Safety Program - WSIB northern Ontario session dates

March

Mar 1 – Mar 31: Ministry of Labour mining inspection blitz continues: Mine Plants - Safe Work Practices for Processing 

Mar 15: Early deadline for Workplace Excellence Award submission

April

April 1: End of two-year transition period for Ontario employers to ensure workers have completed an MOL-approved Working at Heights Safety Training course as per the Construction Projects Regulation.

Apr 18-20: Mining Health and Safety Conference - presentations, sponsorships, trade show

Apr 28: Day of Mourning 

Apr-May: Steps for Life – Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy

May

May 1-7: North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week

May 11-12: District Mine Recue Competitions

May 30-Jun 1: Canadian Mining Expo – Timmins – visit WSN booth

June

Jun 1: Entry deadline for Workplace Excellence Awards

Jun 6-9: Provincial Mine Rescue Competition – Goderich 

September 

Sep 27: WSN Annual General Meeting and Workplace Excellence Awards Dinner

October

Oct 15-21: Small Business Week

Oct: Healthy Workplace Month 

Oct: Global Ergonomics Month 

December

Dec 11: Deadline for 2018 Northern Ontario Safety Group application

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