June 12: Changes to OHS Act to Take Effect

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Changes to the OHS Act will take effect on June 12, 2017. The amendments, passed in April 2016, better define when, how, and what injuries and incidents must be reported. They also give government additional tools and authority to enforce safety requirements. For example, the OHS director will have the authority to deal with repeat offenders by:

  • Issuing stop-work orders at all their sites
  • Applying to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia for an injunction to prohibit them from working in an industry
  • Requiring them to advise of future work locations and activities.