Two Canadian jurisdictions have recently undergone reviews of their OHS laws and systems. Ontario’s review was prompted by a tragic safety incident. But Saskatchewan’s review was required by law and, in fact, must be done every five years.
So we asked you if all jurisdictions should regularly conduct OHS reviews. Here’s what you had to say:
- 48% said yes, it’s a great practice
- 28% said yes, but only if they’re actually going to do something as a result of the review
- 17% said, yes, but more often than every five years
- 7% said no, it’s a waste of time.
Both the Ontario and Saskatchewan reviews have led to actual changes. In Ontario, it resulted in Bill 160. And in Saskatchewan, the government introduced Bill 23, which is still pending.
Thus, these reviews can be useful and result in improvements to the OHS systems. Will more jurisdictions follow suit? That remains to be seen. But it’s good to know that at least safety professionals are on board with the idea.
To follow the developments in Ontario’s ongoing OHS reform process, go to the Ontario OHS Reform Compliance Center. To follow the developments in Saskatchewan, go to that province’s dedicated page on OHSInsider.