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OHS Fines Increase Substantially

December 14, 2017

 

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.

 

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