Nobody knows what the new Interim Health and Safety Prevention Council is going to do. But we can get a sense of the kinds of legislative proposals we might expect based on who the Council’s members are and the interests they represent.
Significantly, 5 of the Council’s 6 members also served on the original Dean Commission panel, including:
|Council Member||Affiliation||Background & Interest|
|Joan Eakin||Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto||Professor Eakin is a researcher who focuses on social dimensions of work and health, including injury causes, workplace social relationships and return-to-work.|
|Vernon Edwards||Health & Safety Director, Ontario Federation of Labour||Mr. Edwards’s role will be to advocate the interests of labour the way he did while serving on the original Dean panel.|
|John A. Macnamara||VP, Health & Safety, Hydro One||Mr. Macnamara is a veteran corporate safety official, former chair of the WSIB Employers Prevention Liaison Working Group and current President of the Business Council on Occupational Health and Safety.|
|Domenic Mattina||VP, of Sales & Estimating, Mattina Mechanical Ltd.||Mr. Mattina brings small business and ownership expertise to the table. His family-run business has achieved ISO certification and won several safety awards.|
|Carmine Tiano||Director of WSIB Advocacy & Occupational Services, Provincial Building & Construction Trades Council of Ontario||Mr. Tiano works to promote the rights of injured workers and has expertise in return-to-work and occupational diseases.|
The only member of the Council who wasn’t part of the initial Dean Commission is Chairman Kivisto.