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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
  • Federal / Provincial / Territorial jurisdictions (OHS)
  • Internal Responsibility System
  • Role of Government Inspections
  • OHS education and promotion
federal ohs policy framework
Federal OHS Policy Framework
  • Canada Labour Code
  • OHS – Regulations
  • Program – administration
  • CCOHS
developing and shaping a durable framework
Developing and Shaping a Durable Framework
  • 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

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 -A 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)
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Role of Government Inspection Compliance Policy

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
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Toolkits for Proactive Work

  • 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

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