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1 2007 NAALC - Panel 1_MOL1 John Vergunst – Mining Engineer – Ontario Ministry of Labour

2 2007 NAALC - Panel 1_MOL2 This presentation will focus on: New Ministry Initiatives – in particular “high risk” employers. Statistics to support key (new) Mining Initiatives An audit tool for the internal responsibility system Internet one-stop gateway for all Ontario mining regulation & permitting

3 2007 NAALC - Panel 1_MOL3 Ministry of Labour Priorities 2004 - 2008 Ministry of Labour supports the government priority of Strong People, Strong Economy, and a competitive business environment that will attract jobs and investment, and provide modern efficient public services through it ’ s four key priorities: 1.Making Workplaces Safer and Healthier –to reduce the overall lost-time injury rate by 20 % by 2008 (LTI rate dropping from 2.2 per 100 workers (03/04) to 1.8 per 100 workers (07/08) “ High Risk / Last Chance Initiative ” –to work together with the occupational health and safety system partners and strengthen integration of partnership efforts towards improvements on an even wider scale.

4 2007 NAALC - Panel 1_MOL4 2. Protecting Vulnerable Workers –to improve knowledge of rights and responsibilities, increase compliance through enforcement and streamline internal processes to put money into the hands of employees faster. 3. Restoring Balance to labour relations, increasing productivity and making workplaces fairer for all 4. Strengthening Ontario ’ s economic advantage through strategic internal and external partnerships These priorities apply to all sectors: industrial, health care, construction and mining MOL Priorities (cont’d)


6 2007 NAALC - Panel 1_MOL6 Ministry of Labour - Organization Regional Director Corporate Services Regional Coordinators Employment Standards Industrial Construction Mining District Managers Employment Standards Industrial Inspectors Construction Inspectors Mining Inspectors Engineers, Hygienists, Ergonomists

7 2007 NAALC - Panel 1_MOL7 Vision of Ontario’s health and safety system of eliminating workplace injuries and illnesses is achieved through: –Ministry of Labour’s mandate of setting, communicating and enforcing the Occupational Health and Safety Act and related Regulations. –The WSIB's prevention goals include developing information, programs to help employers build healthy and safe workplaces –Health and Safety Associations provide employers with specific health and safety information and assistance. The “high risk, last chance” strategy was built on principles of maximum alignment of resources and on a risk assessment methodology, implemented through the network of the Occupational Health and Safety Council of Ontario Making Workplaces Safer and Healthier

8 2007 NAALC - Panel 1_MOL8 How does it work? “high risk/last chance” Four year strategy all Occupational Health and Safety partners play a role: –Ministry of Labour –WSIB –12 Safe Workplace Associations – Institute for Work and Health Firms are selected through a formalized Ontario government risk- based methodology to better manage the high risk areas (risk assessment framework is common to all regulatory ministries). Making Workplaces Safer and Healthier

9 2007 NAALC - Panel 1_MOL9 FOCUS resources based on high risk framework Severity of injuries Number of injuries Identify 2% of highest risk firms from each sector (6 000 firms account for 20% of LTI’s – all sectors ~ 6.5 million workers) Compare relative to other firms in sector Musculoskeletal Disorders campaign (>42% of injuries) MITIGATE through effective strategies & wise use of resources Enhanced enforcement for high risk firms Proactive assistance offered by Heath & Safety Associations to motivate workplaces to achieve compliance & build sustainable workplace self-reliance MEASURE whether efforts make a difference Making Workplaces Safer and Healthier

10 2007 NAALC - Panel 1_MOL10 Making Workplaces Safer and Healthier Number of Fatal Injuries in Ontario Mining Industry 1892 - 2006 YEAR

11 2007 NAALC - Panel 1_MOL11 Making Workplaces Safer and Healthier Number of Fatal Injuries in Mining Includes, contractors, diamond drillers, pits & quarries, refineries, mills ~ 15,000 workers

12 2007 NAALC - Panel 1_MOL12 Making Workplaces Safer and Healthier LTI per 200,000 employee hours All mining sectors

13 2007 NAALC - Panel 1_MOL13 Violence in the Workplace enhanced enforcement at workplaces where the risk is high awareness & education program (on MOL & WSIB website) partnership with safety associations & related ministries on prevention and victim services Health Care Strategy inspectors trained in health care issues, infection control, pandemic influenza preparedness, PPE, safety engineered medical devices Young Workers and Future Leaders Educational resources for teachers, websites Pilot for post-secondary OHS learning program Farming Service Delivery Improvement Other MOL Key Initiatives

14 2007 NAALC - Panel 1_MOL14 Key Initiatives in Mining Loose Control - 1996 – 2004: 4 fatal & 9 critical injuries - 1998 – 2003: 87 medical aids & 8 LTI scaling - Average of 517 reports per year of falls of ground Vehicle Safety (2002 – 1952 diesel units UG) - 1989 – Mar 2007: Remote control: 4 fatal, 4 critical, 10 close calls - 2006: 5 run-away vehicles on ramps (brakes) 7 vehicle collisions 2 serious incidents (steering failed, broken axel) 34 fires – mostly vehicle fires, electrical wiring, fuel spills, broken hoses

15 2007 NAALC - Panel 1_MOL15 Key Initiatives in Mining Fall Prevention - Most serious hazard in most sectors (2000 – 2003: 71 fatals, 20,857 LTI) - 2004 – 2006: 3 fatal injuries in mining Occupational Health (2004 WSIB – accepted claim data) - 76 nonfatal disease claims (white hand, musculoskeletal disorders, etc) - 30 fatal disease claims (lung cancer, silicosis, etc) - 166 noise induced hearing loss claims Ergonomic Hazards - musculoskeletal disorders campaign (>42% of injuries) – strains & sprains - vehicle seating, vibration & visibility

16 2007 NAALC - Panel 1_MOL16 Key Initiatives in Mining Adequate Worker Training - Many of injuries in the mining initiatives may have been prevented to better worker understanding of the hazards, initial training along with planned job observations (examples: scaling, pre-operational vehicle checks, fall prevention, and avoidance of musculoskeletal injuries) - mandatory training requirements do not cover all situations - most employers do a good job in the mandatory “common core” or initial training of the worker in the job task. Regular Initiatives in Mining - Machine guarding, hoisting plants, explosives, emergency prepardedness, ventilation, IRS

17 2007 NAALC - Panel 1_MOL17 IRS – Internal Responsibility System Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (1980) is based on the Internal Responsibility System The Act assigns roles and responsibilities to all workplace parties. The IRS is based on the principal that every individual in the workplace is responsible for health and safety. That includes CEO, executives, managers, supervisors and workers. IRS is not a substitute for planned workplace inspections aimed at ensuring compliance with health and safety legislation The IRS will only work given the willingness of management and workers

18 2007 NAALC - Panel 1_MOL18 IRS – Internal Responsibility System In 2000 a Steering Committee formed: labour, industry and intergovernmental agency representatives clear description of IRS developed Description of roles & responsibilities for workplace parties with: –direct responsibility –contributive responsibility Audit tool developed and tested at 8 mines Direct correlation between healthy IRS and health and safety performance Results posted on Ministry website

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20 2007 NAALC - Panel 1_MOL20 Service Delivery Improvement MOL Web Gateway One integrated web site for all health & safety information: Regulations, Duties & responsibilities, Workplace hazards, Resources available, etc Mineral Exploration & Mining Ontario One web site for all mining laws, staking, operating, closure

21 2007 NAALC - Panel 1_MOL21 MOL Web Gateway

22 2007 NAALC - Panel 1_MOL22 MOL Web Gateway

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24 2007 NAALC - Panel 1_MOL24 Mineral Exploration & Mining Ontario “An internet gateway to permitting for mining” Mining regulations Staking Studies required Health & safety Notifications Permit application Aggregates Etc

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