The Ontario Government just made a move to raise the stakes in Ontario Health and Safety by raising fines.
Employer fines are raised from $500,000 per offence to $1,500,000 per offence.
Fines for individuals were raised from $25,000 to $100,000 per offence.
This should send a message that the province wants to eliminate workplace fatalities in Ontario.
Other changes in the OHSA include,
Notification if a committee or a health and safety representative, if any, has identified potential structural inadequacies of a building, structure, or any part thereof, or any other part of a workplace, whether temporary or permanent, as a source of danger or hazard to workers.
Language change and new section (53.1) for the reporting party of a reportable incident.
The time frame to which the MOL must lay charges within has been modified to ‘1 year from when the MOL becomes aware of a contravention’, not when the incident took place.