LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
MOL’s OHS Inspection Schedule
|Focus||Target Sector(s)||Type of Initiative||Dates|
|Internal responsibility system – newly registered small businesses||Industrial||Provincial Initiative||April 1 to March 31, 2019|
|Internal responsibility system – occupational disease prevention||Mining||Provincial Initiative||April 1 to March 31, 2019|
|Electrical/mechanical – mine hoist plants||Mining||Provincial Initiative||April 1 to March 31, 2019|
|Internal responsibility system – workplace violence prevention||Health Care||Provincial Initiative||April 1 to March 31, 2019|
|Health care high hazards||Health Care||Provincial Initiative||April 1 to June 30|
|Chemical handling – chemical manufacturing||Cross-sector||Provincial Initiative||April 1 to March 31, 2019|
|WHMIS||Cross-sector||Provincial Initiative||April 1 to March 31, 2019|
|Ergonomics related to falls (ladders, stairs, access platforms)||Cross-sector||Provincial Initiative||April 1 to March 31, 2019|
|Musculoskeletal disorder prevention in metal fabrication||Cross-sector||Provincial Initiative||April 1 to March 31, 2019|
|Municipalities||Cross-sector||Provincial Initiative||April 1 to March 31, 2019|
|Internal responsibility system||Construction||Provincial Initiative||June 1 to March 31, 2019|
|Equipment moving in reverse||Construction||Blitz||Sept. 1 to Oct. 31|
|Mobile equipment||Mining||Blitz||Sept. 17 to Nov. 30|
|Health and safety in warehouses & “big box” retail||Industrial||Blitz||Oct. 1 to Nov. 23|
Oct.: If you’ve got something you’d like to tell the MOL, consider participating in the month-long public consultations the agency is holding to get feedback on its so called Safe At Work Ontario strategy.
Aug. 29: The MOL updated its guidance on how employers should report workplace incidents and structural hazards under OHS laws.
Powered Mobile Equipment
Oct.: This is the final month of the MOL and Infrastructure Health & Safety Association inspection campaign targeting hazards of equipment operating in reverse on construction projects. The inspection initiative is Phase 2 of a larger program that began with employer outreach and education.
Sept.: Barring last-minute entries, the MOL will have reported only one OHS fine this month:
|$70K||FNX Mining Company Inc. o/a KGHM International||Worker crushed to death while riding in bucket of a “scooptram,” i.e., Load Haul Dump truck with a front-mounted bucket, used to move broken rock/ore in a mine||Failure to ensure scooptram was used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions and/or how it was designed to be used|
(1) Not counting 25% victim surcharge
Sept. 27: The Assembly tabled a bill (Bill 36) tweaking a number of different laws ahead of cannabis legalization. The items you need to know about are the changes to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017:
- Medical and recreational cannabis banned in places where tobacco smoking and vaping is banned, including boats and vehicles
- Exemptions for enclosed workplaces such as long-term care homes, hospices and designated guest rooms in hotels, motels and inns
- Maximum fine of $1,000 for first offence, $5,000 for subsequent offences.
Workers’ Compensation Rates
Sept.: Good news for Schedule 1 employers: Having eliminated the Unfunded Liability, the WSIB is cutting your workers’ comp rates an average 29.8% in 2019(!)—from $2.35 to $1.65 per $100 of insurable payroll. Of the 155 rate groups, 148 will get rate reductions as high as 48%. Rates for the other 7 groups will remain at 2018 levels. Meanwhile, Maximum Insurable Earnings are increasing from $90,300 to $92,600.
Workers’ Compensation Claims
Sept.: The WSIB issued its new Q2 2018 Report. The good news is that the Unfunded Liability is gone; the bad news is that claims continued to rise steadily in the first half of the year. Key year-over-year metrics (vs. Q2 2017):
- 6% increase in registered claim volumes (Schedule 1 employers)
- 13% increase in registered claim volumes (Schedule 2)
- 16% increase in lost-time claim volumes (Schedule 1)
- 21% increase in lost-time claim volumes (Schedule 2)
- Three-month duration claims up from 12.4% to 13.2%
- 12-month duration claims up from 4.6% to 5.7%
- Claims requiring benefits at 72 months down slightly from 2.1% to 2.0%
- Claimant with permanent impairment down from 5.7% to 5.2%, an 8-year low.
Sept. 1: WSIB revised a trio of coverage policies to accommodate the new post-traumatic stress disorder presumption for first responders and other designated workers under erstwhile Bill 31:
- 15-03-13, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in First Responders and Other Designated Workers
- 15-04-02, Psychotraumatic Disability
- 15-04-03, Chronic Pain Disability.
Sept. 20: Keeping a campaign promise, the government tabled a bill to repeal the Green Energy Act. The 2 things the Ford regime hates about the Act are the feed-in tariff, which it claims drove up electricity prices and the elimination of the powers of municipalities to block windfarm and other clean energy development projects within their boundaries.