Safety
The culture of safety at De Beers Canada continues to strengthen with the submission of the 25,000th near hit at Victor Mine, located in the James Bay Lowlands of Northern Ontario.
Ottawa – The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, along with the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and the Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced that the Government of Canada will move forward with a whole-of-government approach to fulfill its commitment to ban asbestos and asbestos-containing products by 2018.
Paint and coating formulators, distributors, and end users must now ask if their chemical labels are GHS compliant – and if not, be prepared to document for OSHA their good faith efforts to become so, including an expected timeline for reaching compliance.
Red Lake, ON - Goldcorp Canada Ltd. pleaded guilty and has been fined $55,000 after a worker was injured while removing a tire from a mining scoop tram.
Calgary – Mark Salkeld, President and CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), released a copy of the letter that Enform, the industry’s Safety and Training arm funded by the six Canadian upstream oil and gas industry trade Associations, submitted to the Task Force on Marijuana Legalization, Regulation and Restriction.
Mohawk Garnet Inc., operator of a mill in the City of Greater Sudbury, pleaded guilty and has been fined $75,000 after two separate incidents in which workers were injured by moving conveyor belts.
The Ontario Ministry of Labour would like to bring attention to new requirements relating to the operation of rotary foundation drill rigs come into effect on July 1, 2016.
The Ministry of Labour is consulting on a proposal to amend the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation (O. Reg. 297/13) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The amendments, if approved, would require employers to ensure that workers who perform work to which the Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91) applies complete a construction hazard awareness training program.
The Ontario Ministry of Labour coordinates a proactive enforcement blitz and initiative schedule for its Occupational Health and Safety Program and the Employment Standards Program.
Friday March 11, 2016 marked the fifth anniversary of the unprecedented earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan and damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility. Although the facility withstood the 9.0 magnitude earthquake as per its design, a tsunami washed out the back-up generators at the facility, challenging the facility and leading to a nuclear event that was widely publicized.

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