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Occupational Health and Safety in Canada - a Shared Responsibility. Presentation by: Ajit Mehat, Director General, National Labour Operations, Labour Program, Human Resources and Social Development, Government of Canada. The Canadian Federal Experience.

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Occupational health and safety in canada a shared responsibility

Occupational Health and Safety in Canada - a Shared Responsibility

Presentation by:

Ajit Mehat, Director General,

National Labour Operations,

Labour Program,

Human Resources and Social Development,

Government of Canada


The canadian federal experience
The Canadian Federal Experience Responsibility

  • Federal / Provincial / Territorial jurisdictions (OHS)

  • Internal Responsibility System

  • Role of Government Inspections

  • OHS education and promotion


Federal ohs policy framework
Federal OHS Policy Framework Responsibility

  • Canada Labour Code

  • OHS – Regulations

  • Program – administration

  • CCOHS


Developing and shaping a durable framework
Developing and Shaping a Durable Framework Responsibility

  • Legislative proposals developed in consultation with national representatives of Federal Workplace Parties (ad hoc)

  • Regulations discussed and developed through a standing tripartite Regulation Review Committee

  • Program Practices Consultation Committee identifies program delivery issues

  • Program administration – tools presented to representatives of work place parties for comment


Canada labour code part ii
Canada Labour Code Part II Responsibility

Purpose statement :

“... To prevent accidents and injury to health…”

Companion Programmes:

  • Compensate workers injured on the job

  • Manage disability resulting from work injury to facilitate early and safe return to work


Internal responsibility system a shared work place approach
Internal Responsibility System - ResponsibilityA shared work place approach

  • Employers:

    • right to manage work

    • obligation to ensure a safe work place

  • Employees right to:

    • Know of work place hazards

    • Participate in planning OHS

    • Refuse dangerous work (with exceptions)


Role of Government Inspection Compliance Policy Responsibility

Pro-active:

  • Educate and counsel work place parties

  • Promote and facilitate compliance

  • Monitor compliance

    Reactive:

  • Investigate complaints of non-compliance

  • Investigate and decide on refusals to work for reasons of danger

  • Investigate accidents and fatalities


Toolkits for Proactive Work Responsibility

  • Sectorial Targeted Intervention Guide

    • Guide for high-risks industries

    • An analysis of hazards in the work place

    • Highlight their potential risks

  • Risk Management Model

    • Tiered on very high to very low risk

    • Focus on high risk work places

  • National Intervention Model

    • Non-confrontational

    • Promote Internal Responsibility System (IRS)


Next steps
Next Steps Responsibility

Future Challenges

  • Fully implementing Internal Responsibility System (IRS)

  • Educating workplace parties on their roles and responsibilities

  • Managing complexity in OHS

  • Rise in fatalities in some jurisdictions


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