OHS Insider Month in Review – March 2019 Newfoundland & Labrador
LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
|Workers’ Comp Filing Deadline
February 28, 2019
Workplace Violence & Harassment
Jan. 1: New workplace violence and harassment OHS regulations will take effect next year requiring employer to:
- Perform workplace violence risk assessment
- Implement procedures, policies and “environment arrangements” to eliminate or minimize risks assessment identifies
- Protect workers from family violence in workplace if employer becomes aware or should reasonably be aware of risk
- Implement workplace harassment prevention plan describing employer commitment to provide harassment-free workplace and company’s reporting and investigation procedures
- Allow for external investigation by third party when employer or supervisor is alleged harasser
- Refrain from retaliating against workers for reporting harassment or violence
- Provide harassment prevention training.
March 5: New rules require drivers to leave at least one metre of open space between their vehicle and a bicycle or pedestrian on highways with posted speed limits of 60 km per hour or less and 1.5 metres on roadways with higher speed limits. Penalties: $100 to $400 fine, 2 to 14 days imprisonment and/or 2 demerit points.
Feb. 28: Public hearings ended on how to make the province accessible to persons with disabilities. New laws would likely include provisions covering employers and workplaces the way it does in Ontario and other provinces that have adopted accessibility legislation.
Feb.: EPA environmental assessment actions during the month (so far):
- Release of Mount Pearl Cannabis Production Facility (Reg. 1994)
- Registration of Hampden to Sop’s Arm Fibre Optic Line (Reg. 1999)
- Registration of Lochleven Grazing and Hay Field (Reg. 2000)
- Environmental Assessment Committee appointed for Victoria Multi-Purpose Trail (Reg. 1985)
- Environmental Assessment Committee appointed for Cape Freels South Walking Trail (Reg. 1991).