MOL Searches for Safety Tsar

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Ladies and gentlemen of OHSI (aka OHSItas and OHSItos):

Polish off those resumes–especially if you’re in Ontario. The job opportunity of a lifetime has just opened up.

The MOL is looking for an experienced health and safety professional for a brand new position: nothing less than overseeing all MOL occupational health and safety prevention activities in the province of Ontario.

Of course, we’re talking about the Chief Prevention Officer–a new position recommended in the Dean Report and contained in Bill 160 (Sec. 22.3(1)). If and when the bill is adopted, the CPO will become Ontario’s Safety Tsar.

Finding the CPO

What kind of person is the MOL looking for?

I recently put that question to Paavo Kivisto, the former Deputy Minister of the Environment whom the government has tabbed to chair the interim prevention council, i.e., the panel that’s helping the MOL lawyers draft the legislation and regulation turning Dean from recommendation to law.

“We don’t have a definite profile or background in mind,” Mr. Kivisto explained. The MOL just wants a person qualified to carry out the functions of the position–OHS strategy development, collaborating with and coordinating the efforts of various government bodies and HSAs and annual reporting, he says.

What Mr. Kivisto did say is that the MOL has engaged an executive search firm and ordered it to look not simply within Ontario but all of Canada–and even internationally.

Search May Be Switzerland Bound

Clearly, the CPO position calls for a combination of policymaking experience and safety expertise. I’m guessing that if push comes to shove, the former will take precedent over the latter. So unless you have serious government experience, you need not apply.

I’ll also bet you a dollar to a donut that the search will extend to Geneva,  headquarters of the International Labour Organization. Based on Mr. Kivisto’s comments and the proposed functions of the CPO set out in Bill 160, somebody with ILO experience would be perfect for Safety Tsar.

  • Rob

    Has anyone seen any names floated as potential candidates? Are people talking about politicians or regulators, or someone with safety experience in industry?

  • V

    Here we go again, remember Tom Beegan the former WSIB “Chief Prevention Officer” that we imported.

    This alone should make you stop and think!

    People forget that the MOL has control of the WSIB, if prevention was not a priority there and then what makes the MOL the better choice now.
    The MOL has never had any interest in prevention, they have the tools but that would involved the stakeholder having say in Health and Safety.
    In my opinion very, very limited amount of associations and public companies should not be included/ You need people from the private workforce that now what accountability means, from all sizes of companies.

    Hhhmmmmm is that what the SECTION 21 Committee’s already contain.