Video updates plus upcoming legislative changes and events in Ontario
The new year is an opportunity to review accomplishments, and to plan for the year ahead.
Last year, occupational health and safety highlights included new legal requirements for mining health and safety risk assessments, and consultations for legislated changes to occupational exposure limits, which come into effect January 1, 2018.
In addition to annual events such as the Workplace Excellence Awards, Northern Ontario Safety Group, the Mining Health and Safety Conference, and two Ministry of Labour (MOL) inspection blitzes and webinars are planned early in the year for mining and industrial sectors.
Mark your 2018 calendar in advance to help make Ontario workplaces safer and keep your organization in the know – here’s a roundup of upcoming workplace health and safety legislation and events.
Jan 1: New legislation comes into effect to improve occupational exposure limits, respiratory protection, and air sampling.
Jan: WSN-OHCOW webinar
Jan 22: Small Business Health and Safety Program sessions start, sponsored by WSN and Ontario health and safety partners
Apr 1: Working at Heights Safety Refresher Training - Legislated working-at-heights safety training came into effect on April 1, 2015 and is valid for three years from the date of successful course completion. As of April 1, 2018 those who first underwent the new training in 2015 will be coming due for refresher training. To maintain certification, learners will need to successfully complete half-day refresher training before the three-year anniversary date on their Proof of Training wallet card.
Apr 28: Day of Mourning
May 7-13: Mental Health Awareness Week
May 31: Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Phase 1 Ends The transition to WHMIS 2015 includes a three-stage transition period that is synchronized nationally across federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions. The first phase began on February 11, 2015 when the amended federal Hazardous Products Act and new Hazardous Products Regulations came into force. The final phase will end on December 1, 2018. During this period, WHMIS 1988 will be slowly phased out.
Jun 1: WHMIS Phase 2 until August 31, 2018 - During Phase 2: (i) Suppliers who are chemical distributors may continue to sell hazardous products with either the old WHMIS labels and safety data sheets or the new ones; and, (ii) Employers may continue to receive and use hazardous products with either the old WHMIS labels and safety data sheets or the new ones. As of September 1, 2018, distributors must sell hazardous products that comply with WHMIS 2015 requirements only. The transition to WHMIS 2015 will be complete for all suppliers.
Sep 1: WHMIS Phase 3 until November 30, 2018 - During Phase 3: (i) Employers should only be receiving hazardous products with WHMIS 2015 labels and safety data sheets, and (ii) Employers will have these final three months of the transition to bring their existing inventories of hazardous products into compliance with WHMIS 2015.
Oct 10: World Mental Health Day
Oct 14-20: Small Business Week
Nov 30: WHMIS Phase 3 ends
Dec 1: Deadline for transition to WHMIS 2015 for all workplaces There should be no hazardous products in the workplace with old WHMIS labels and safety data sheets.
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