Human Resources Legislative Update
MOL Announces Safety Blitzes to Target Mining Employers
Date: July 4, 2017
The Ministry of Labour has announced that from July 1 to August 31, 2017, mining inspectors, ergonomists and engineers will be conducting safety blitzes to ensure that mine employers are taking appropriate action regarding occupational disease hazards and protection of workers. The blitzes will:
- ensure employers are complying with occupational health and safety laws
- raise awareness of key hazards which expose workers to contaminants in mines and mining plants
- assess unsafe work practices.
The maximum penalty for an infraction under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for a corporation is $500,000 and for an individual, $25,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 12 months.