OHS Insider Month in Review – November 2017: Federal


A roundup of new legislation, regulations, government announcements, court cases and arbitration rulings


Drugs & Alcohol
Oct. 6: Can you eat a hash brownie after marijuana is legalized? The House of Commons revised the bill (Bill C-45) to make it clear that cannabis legalization will include not just smoke-related products but edibles infused with marijuana.

Public Health
Oct. 16: Speaking of smoking, tobacco use cost the Canadian economy $16.2 billion in 2012—or $466 for every Canadian, according to a new Conference Board of Canada report.

Electrical Safety
Oct.: The NFPA published the 2018 version of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety. Key changes include a lower threshold for when protection is required for working on direct current and new safe work practice for installing conductors that connect to electricity supply.

Emergency Preparedness
Jan. 27: That’s the new deadline to comment on a Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission proposal on nuclear emergency recovery requirements. Although aimed primarily at the government sector, the proposed regulations would also have implications for private sector companies and workplaces.

Oct. 28: Nice work, Canada! The MOE officially announced that the country met its goal of protecting 5% of its marine and coastal area by the end of 2017. The next target: 10% by the end of 2020.

Environmental Scorecard
Federal MOE fines in October:

Fine Offender Offence(s)
$100K PF Résolu Canada Inc. Depositing a deleterious substance in waters frequented by fish
$35K Bright Eye Fishing Corporation Depositing diesel fuel in an area frequented by migratory birds caused after ship owned by U.S. company runs aground in Newfoundland
$22.5K + forfeiture of property worth $47K Fourrures Mont-Royal Inc. Illegal export of polar bear skin rugs
$20K LR Projects Inc. Failure of imported diesel equipment to meet federal emission standards for nitrogen oxides and non-methane hydrocarbons