OHS Insider’s 2011 Year in Review
If you like legislation, 2011 wasn’t your year. True, Ontario OHS reform, Bill 160, was the year’s biggest compliance story and BC Bill 14 extending workers’ comp coverage to gradual mental stress, was also a blockbuster. But most of the big compliance happenings across Canada this year involved not the making of new laws but the application of old ones. Psychological safety, workers’ comp “forum shopping” and changes to OHS enforcement patterns aren’t the kinds of stories that draw headlines—to the extent they get noticed at all. But these are the developments that are affecting you and your safety program. In this special report, the OHS Insider breaks down the biggest stories in OHS compliance in 2011 and what they bode for 2012 and beyond. We’ve also handed out our awards for accomplishments, both positive and dubious. To review what happened in your jurisdiction, check out the “OHS Year in Review” starting on page 9.