Presented at the 2017 Mining Health and Safety Conference by Glenn Staskus, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.
The mandate of the Ministry of includes setting, communicating and enforcing the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations with respect to Ontario workplaces, including mines and mining plants in the province. The Ministry relies in part on a number of advisory committees that have been appointed by the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development under section 21 of the OHSA to provide assistance and advice on occupational health and safety matters, including the Mining Legislation Review Committee (MLRC).
The MLRC, which is comprised of representatives from labour and management in the mining sector, endorsed the creation of a survey that was sent out in 2014 through the Ministry to 40 underground mines and mining contractors that are operating diesel equipment fleets in the province. The survey requested information including the size and makeup of the diesel fleet, engine specifications and maintenance practices of equipment operated by mines and mining contractors. This presentation includes the outcomes of the survey.