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

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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.