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Do you follow GHS/WHMIS 2015 rules in Ontario, if not you may want to look a little harder at the GREEN BOOK!

As WHMIS 2015 takes the country by storm in Ontario you may want stay current long before a worker gets hurt or OSH comes knocking the rules changed!

https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/900860?_ga=1.95337052.1578868623.1472926266

Ontario firms and organizations in the industrial, manufacturing, health care and construction sectors, as well as in offices and certain other institutions covered by the OH&S Act.

Often referred to as the “Green Book”, it is a must-have resource for every Ontario organization.

WHAT’S NEW

·        WHMIS 2015 – S.O. 2015, c. 27, Schedule 4, amending the Occupational Health and Safety Act to implement WHMIS 2015, not yet in force. 

·        Noise – New O. Reg. 381/15, extending noise protection to all Ontario workers, with consequential amendments O. Regs. 382/15 (industrial establishments), 383/15 (mines and mining), 384/15 (oil and gas) and 385/15 (farming), in force July 1, 2016.

·        Construction Projects – O. Reg. 345/15, amending O. Reg. 213/91, with respect to drill rig operators, carbon monoxide exposure and fall protection, in force January 1, 2016 and July 1, 2016.

·        Control of Exposure to Biological or Chemical Agents – O. Reg. 274/14, amending R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 833, to revise the table of occupational exposure limits, came into force July 1, 2015, and O. Reg. 347/15, extending the application of the regulation to the construction industry and enabling use of “codes of practice” in force July 1, 2016.

·        Confined Space – O. Reg. 346/15, amending O. Reg. 632/05, with respect to “acceptable atmospheric levels”, in force July 1, 2016.

·        Mining – O. Reg. 265/15, amending R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 854, with respect to electrical requirements, electrical locking and tagging, high visibility safety apparel and fees payable for rope testing, in force January 1, 2016 and July 1, 2016.

·        Working at Heights Training – O. Regs. 252/14 and 253/14, amending O. Regs. 213/91 and 297/13, making training that meets the Working at Heights Training Standard mandatory in the construction sector, came into effect April 1, 2015.

And Im sure all your employees are up to date on all the other regulations such as:

New in n Legislation introduced :

• Highway Traffic Act, Definition of Commercial Motor Vehicle and Tow Truck, O. Reg. 419/15

• Highway Traffic Act, Pedestrian Crossover Signs, O. Reg. 402/15

• Highway Traffic Act, Pilot Project – Automated Vehicles, O. Reg. 306/15

• Highway Traffic Act, Pilot Project – Threewheeled Vehicles, O. Reg. 28/16 Recent legislative amendments include:

• Child and Family Services Act, amended by S.O. 2014, c. 11, Sched. 6

• Civil Remedies Act, 2001, amended by S.O. 2015. c. 38, Sched. 4

• Family Law Act, amended by S.O. 2014, c. 7, Sched. 9; S.O. 2015, c. 9; and S.O. 2015, c. 27, Sched. 1

• Family Responsibility and Support Arrears Enforcement Act, amended by S.O. 2014, c. 7, Sched. 10

• Health Protection & Promotion Act amended by S.O. 2014, c. 11, Sched. 6

• Highway Traffic Act amended by S.O. 2014, c. 9, Sched. 2; S.O. 2015, c. 14; and S.O. 2015, c. 27

• Provincial Offences Act, amended by S.O. 2015, c. 14; and S.O. 2015, c. 27, Sched. 1

• Licence Appeal Tribunal Act, amended by S.O. 2014, c. 9, Sched. 5; S.O. 2015, c. 28, Sched. 2; and S.O. 2015, c. 38, Scheds. 9 and 13

• Limitations Act, 2002, amended by S.O. 2015, c. 20, Sched. 39; and S.O. 2016, c. 2, Sched. 2

• Mental Health Act, amended by S.O. 2015, c. 36

• Municipal Act, 2001, amended by S.O. 2014, c. 13, Sched. 9; S.O. 2015, c. 27, Sched. 5; S.O. 2015, c. 38, Scheds. 7 and 15

• Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, amended by S.O. 2015, c. 10

• Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005, amended by S.O. 2015, c. 30

• Smoke Free Ontario Act, amended by S.O. 2014, c. 11, Sched. 6; S.O. 2015, c. 7, Sched. 2 Regulations under the Provincial Offences Act

• Fees for Late Payment of Fines, amended by O. Reg. 350/15

• Proceedings Commenced by Certificate of Offence, amended by O. Regs. 225/15, 235/15, 315/15 (Fr.), 351/15, and 406/15

• Victim Fine Surcharges, amended by O. Reg. 66/16 Regulations under Family Law Act

• Family Law Rules, amended by O. Reg. 140/15 Regulations under Highway Traffic Act

• Border Approach Lane, amended by O. Reg. 425/15

• Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections, amended by O. Regs. 256/15 and 421/15

• Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators’ Information, amended by O. Regs. 331/15 and 120/15

• Community Safety Zones, amended by O. Regs. 379/15, and 2/16 • Demerit Point System, amended by O. Regs. 226/15, 403/15 and 53/16

• Designation of Bus By-pass Shoulders on King’s Highway, amended by O. Regs. 174/15 and 41/16

• Display Screens and Hand-Held Devices, amended by O. Reg. 424/15

• Driver’s Licence Examinations, amended by O. Reg. 144/15

• Driver’s Licences, amended by O. Regs. 145/15, 227/15 and 257/15

• General, amended by O. Reg. 228/15

• High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes, amended by O. Reg. 99/15

• Licences for Driving Instructors and Driving Schools, amended by O. Reg. 245/13

• Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations, amended by O. Reg. 255/15

• Operation of Off-Road Vehicle on Highway, amended by O. Regs. 134/15, 135/15 and 333/15

• Over-dimensional Farm Vehicles, amended by O. Regs. 171/15 and 334/15

• Parking, amended by O. Regs. 184/15, 210/15, 275/15 and 366/15 • Red Light Camera System Evidence, amended by O. Reg. 404/15

• Restricted Use of Left Lanes by Commercial Motor Vehicles, amended by O. Regs. 183/15 and 1/16

• Restricted Use of King’s Highway, amended by O. Regs. 185/15 and 369/15

• Safety Inspections, amended by O. Regs. 254/15, 329/15 and 356/15

• School Bus Offence – Service of Offence Notice on Vehicle, amended by O. Reg. 405/15

• Short-term Vehicle Impoundment under Section 55.2 of the Act, amended by O. Reg. 423/15

• Signs, amended by O. Regs. 335/15 and 407/15

• Special Permits, amended by O. Regs. 243/13 and 259/15

• Speed Limits, amended by O. Regs. 130/15, 186/15, 239/15, 243/15, 244/15, 245/15, 248/15, 263/15, 308/15, 377/15, 380/15, 22/16, 23/16, 24/16, and 60/16

• Stop Signs at Intersections, amended by O. Regs. 339/15 and 21/16

• Stop Signs in Territory without Municipal Organization, amended by O. Regs. 108/15, 109/15, 155/15 and 237/15

• Stopping of Vehicles on Parts of the King’s Highway, amended by O. Reg. 182/15

• Traffic Control Signal System, amended by O. Reg. 408/15

• Use of Controlled-Access Highways by Pedestrians, amended by O. Regs. 370/15, 25/16

• Vehicle Permits, amended by O. Regs. 258/15, 328/15 and 422/15 • Vehicle Weights and Dimensions – For Safe, Productive and Infrastructure-Friendly Vehicles, amended by O. Reg. 8/16

• Vehicles on Controlled-Access Highways, amended by O. Regs. 367/15, 26/16

• Yield Right-of-Way Signs in Territory without Municipal Organization, amended by O. Reg. 106/15 Regulations under the Liquor Licence Act

• Licences to Sell Liquor, amended by O. Reg. 299/15 Regulations under the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act

• Designations, amended by O. Regs. 181/15 and 368/15 Regulations under the Municipal Act, 2001

• Administrative Penalties, amended by O. Reg. 149/15 Regulation under the Off-Road Vehicles Act

• General, amended by O. Reg. 224/15 Regulations under the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act

• Standards of Care, amended by O. Reg. 438/15 Regulation under the Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005

• Exemptions from the Act, amended by O. Reg. 256/13

• Training and Testing, amended by O. Reg. 208/15 Regulations under the Smoke Free Ontario Act

• General, amended by O. Regs. 206/14, 163/15 and 336/15 Regulations under the Wireless Services Agreements Act, 2013

• Designated Jurisdictions, amended by O. Reg. 113/15

And for FEDERAL EMPLOYEES under the FEDERAL OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY LEGISLATION

Some of the important regulatory highlights and changes addressed in this edition include:

• A clear update on how compliance with WHMIS 2015 will play out in the federal arena in 2016 and beyond, including transition periods and requirements for worker education and training about WHMIS 2015. Federally-regulated employers will need to comply with WHMIS 2015, in line with Part II of the Canada Labour Code and several associated regulations that now include WHMIS 2015 amendments. This includes: Part X of the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations; Part V of the Aviation Occupational Safety and Health Regulations; Part VII of the On Board Trains Occupational Safety and Health Regulations; Part VIII of Marine Occupational Safety and Health Regulations; Part XI of Oil & Gas Occupational Safety and Health Regulations (Proposed amendments are included in the Appendix.).

• Under Part II (Occupational Health and Safety) of the Canada Labour Code, the enactment in 2015 of the Policy Committees, Work Place Committees and Health and Safety Representatives Regulations, which updates and replaces the former Safety and Health Committees and Representatives Regulations. Among other changes, the new regulations: – set out the responsibilities of work place health and safety (HS) committee chairpersons – update employer requirements for effective training of HS committee members and HS representatives – require work place HS committees to submit and post an annual report – provide clear requirements for minute taking by HS committees

• Amendments to update the On Board Trains Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and harmonize them with the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, in part by updating OHS requirements related to: hazard prevention programs (including ergonomic hazards and other unsafe or harmful working conditions); specific noise exposure levels; and controls to eliminate or minimize workplace violence.

• Amendments in 2015 to several regulations under Part II of the Canada Labour Code to confirm that interns working in the federal public service have the same health and safety rights as regular employees.

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