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January 2016

Safe Operation of Machinery Inspection Blitz

Ontario will conduct a workplace inspection blitz from January 18, 2016 to February 26, 2016, focusing on hazards that could lead to serious worker injuries, such as amputations of limbs, or death. The primary focus of the blitz will be machine guarding and lockout.

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Site Supervisor in Scaffold Collapse Sentenced

A few highlights are below, visit CBC News for the full story

Construction site supervisor Vadim Kazenelson has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for his role in a scaffolding collapse at a Toronto construction site on Christmas Eve 2009 that left four workers dead. 

The Ontario Superior Court found Kazenelson, now in his 40s, guilty in June 2015 of four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of criminal negligence.


It's the first time in Ontario that someone has been sentenced under a 2004 law that makes employers criminally liable for workplace safety lapses.

Ontario Federation of Labour president Chris Buckley praised the judge's ruling, which he said sends a strong message to any employer who tries to save money by skirting workplace safety rules. 

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Noise Regulations Changing July 1

In an effort to protect workers from noise-induced hearing loss, a new noise regulation will be coming into effect July 1, 2016.

The update now includes construction projects, health care facilities, schools, farming operations, fire services, police services, and amusement parks.

Key changes include:

  1. New Noise Regulation:

    • prescribing, for workers exposed to noise, a maximum time-weighted exposure limit of 85 decibels over an eight-hour work shift

    • requiring employers to put in place measures to reduce workers’ exposure based on a “hierarchy of controls”, which could include engineering controls, work practices, and the use of personal protective equipment in the form of hearing protection devices and

    • requiring employers who provide a worker with a hearing protection device to provide adequate training and instruction on that device.

  2. Amendments to the regulations for Industrial Establishments, Mines and Mining Plants, and Oil and Gas-Offshore:

    • The noise protection sections in the Industrial Establishments, Mines and Mining Plants, and Oil and Gas-Offshore Regulations were revoked. They are now incorporated into the new Noise Regulation.

  3. Amendments to the Farming Operations Regulation:

    • The Farming Operations Regulation was amended in order to apply the Noise Regulationto farming operations.

For more information, visit the Ministry of Labour website

Guideline can be found here: https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pubs/noise/

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