What’s new and changing for occupational health and safety in 2016

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Upcoming legislative changes plus annual calendar of events

Consulting about occupational health and safetyA new year brings both new developments and recurring annual events. Highlights in 2016 include ongoing Ministry of Labour (MOL) workplace inspection blitzes, and the introduction of a new Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) course jointly developed by Ontario’s four health and safety associations to aid in the transition to global standards. Also noteworthy is new mining health and safety legislation for water management, ground control, and traffic management plans. 

Regular annual events like the Northern Ontario Safety Group sessions, Workplace Excellence Awards, and Mining Health and Safety Conference continue to help make workplaces safer. In August, there will be an influx of international visitors to the Sudbury region as Workplace Safety North and Ontario Mine Rescue host the International Mines Rescue Competition – for the first time ever in Canada! It’s going to be another busy, productive and safe year. 


Jan 4: New mining health and safety service available. Key Hazards Assessment designed to help mining companies meet upcoming changes to mining health and safety legislation. Subject matter experts are available to assess ground control, occupational disease, water management, traffic plans, worker fatigue, and skills training. 

Jan 11: Mining webinar: MOL Blitz - Occupational Disease reviews what to expect from Ministry of Labour mining health and safety inspections in February and March.

Jan 15: Public input due on proposed amendments to mining health and safety regulations

Jan 18-Feb 26: Ontario Ministry of Labour industrial health and safety inspection blitz: Safe Operation of Machinery


Feb: New training course WHMIS1988/WHMIS2015 includes information on both old and new Workplace Hazard Materials Information System versions to ensure all Ontario  workplace health and safety programs meet legal training standards during the Canadian transition period to global standards. 

Feb-Oct: Small Business Health and Safety Program - WSIB northern Ontario session dates

Feb 28: Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day

Feb-Mar: Ontario Ministry of Labour mining health and safety inspection blitz: Occupational Disease


Mar: Ontario Ministry of Labour mining health and safety inspection blitz: Occupational Disease 

Mar 1: New Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) certification training standards 

Mar 15: Early entry deadline for mining Workplace Excellence Awards 


April 5-7: Mining Health and Safety Conference

April 28: Day of Mourning


May 3-8: North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week

May 12-13: District Mine Rescue Competitions


Jun 1: Entry deadline for Workplace Excellence Awards

Jun 9-10: Provincial Mine Rescue Competition


Aug 19-26: International Mines Rescue Competition


Sep: Annual Workplace Excellence Awards Dinner


Healthy Workplace Month

Global Ergonomics Month

2016 course catalogue
2016 training calendar