OHS Change in Ontario Marches Forward: Bill 160 Implementing The Dean Panel Recommendations

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Cheryl A Edwards

Jeremy Warning

Heenan Blaiklie

Following close on the heels of the Dean Panel Report, the Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational Health and Safety, which set out forty-six detailed recommendations to change the OHS system in Ontario, the government has moved to promptly implement the recommendations. Bill 160, which would amend the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and Workplace Safety Insurance Act, 1997 (WSIA) was introduced March 3, 2011. The government has already appointed an interim Prevention Council, consisting of many of the Dean Panel members, and there is every indication that a new Chief Prevention Officer, recommended by the Dean Panel, will be in place by June 2011.