LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
July 11: New OHS regs. reduce the OELs for airborne flour and grain dusts for federally regulated workers:
- Flour dust: From 0.5 mg/m3 to of 3 mg/m3
- Grain dust: From 10 mg/m3 to 4 mg/m3.
July 11: Triclosan, aka, 140 Phenol, 5-chloro-2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy), an antibacterial agent and preservative used in skin cleansers, moisturizers, deodorants, toothpastes and other consumer products to stop bacteria, fungi and mildew growth and prevent odours, has been added to the list of toxic substances set out in Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Triclosan releases from consumer products get into aquatic ecosystems via wastewater treatment systems.
July 24: From now thru Oct. 5, the government will hold online public consultations on a bill that would surpass Ontario Bill 168 for Canada’s most far-reaching and innovative workplace violence and sexual harassment OHS law. Highlights of Bill C-65:
- Stronger privacy and reprisal protections for employees who complain of harassment
- New employee right to have complaints investigated by neutral third parties and resolved via informal resolution
- Employee right to sue employer for not protecting them from violence/harassment for up to 3 months after employment ends.
Sept. 21: That’s the deadline to comments on proposed new regulations affecting the reporting and notification obligations of Class II nuclear facilities under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act.
June 20: The federal government plans to adopt Ontario-style accessibility laws covering public buildings, transportation, programs and services and employment. Result: Federally regulated employers will have to adopt and implement broad plans to make their organizations and workplaces accessible to persons with disabilities. This is a huge story that will take years to play out and we promise to keep you in the loop every step of the way.