On March 3, 2011, Minister of Labour Charles Sousa introduced Bill 160, an act to amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA). At this point, it has only undergone First Reading so there may be a long road ahead before it might become law. Since Ontario is facing a provincial election in October this year, it might die on the order paper before an election ever occurs.
The gist of the Bill is to remove from the WSIA (and, thus, from the WSIB) oversight for health and safety certification and training.
There is also the intent to create a Prevention Council and a Chief Prevention Officer under the OHSA although details are scant about what those would be expected to accomplish.
One interesting proposed amendment in the WSIA would see WSIB paying construction workers for their time in regard to fulfilling the requirements to become certified under the OHSA – sort of compensation for learning how to help others not get injured and need compensation themselves.
Since those certification and training matters will no longer be provide by WSIB, does that mean employers can expect to see lower premiums?
Posted by Paul Harris