April 26: Changes Proposed to OHS Act to Address Repeat Offenders
Posted On May 2, 2016
The government proposed changes to the OHS Act to provide additional tools and authority to enforce safety requirements for those who repeatedly commit safety violations. If passed, Bill 165 will:
- Define “serious injury” as an injury that endangers life or causes permanent injury and “repeatedly” as occurring more than once in the previous three years
- Let the court grant an injunction to stop an employer with repeat violations that put workers at risk of serious injury or death from working in an industry
- Require an employer with repeat violations that put workers at risk of serious injury or death to advise the department of future work locations
- Allow stop-work orders to be issued at more than one site operated by the same employer where the same serious risks are believed to be present
- Provide a list of reportable injuries and allow email or phone reporting.
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