May 3: Changes Proposed to Improve Safety Protections for Off Shore Workers


The province is moving forward with legislation to better protect Nova Scotian offshore oil and gas workers. Proposed amendments to the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation (Nova Scotia) Act mirror changes introduced federally and in Newfoundland and Labrador. Bill 78 will:

  • Clarify the roles and responsibilities of governments, regulators, employers and employees
  • Ensure offshore OHS laws offer at least as much protection for workers as onshore laws
  • Protect worker rights
  • Support a safety culture that recognizes shared responsibilities in the workplace
  • Separate OHS and production issues
  • Provide joint management by the federal and provincial governments
  • Comprehensively apply to offshore petroleum activities.