Ontario is improving the health and safety of underground mine workers by accepting and acting on all eighteen consensus recommendations made in the Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Advisory Group's final report.
A new international standard on occupational health and safety management is currently under development with publication expected in October 2016. The second committee draft of ISO 45001 – Occupational health and safety management standard systems – requirements with guidance for use is now open, with Canadian comments requested by 1 May 2015. This follows the re-drafting of the standard to reflect comments received from the September 2014 public consultation.
Teck Resources Limited reported that a flash fire occurred in the dryer complex at Teck’s Greenhills Operation near Elkford British Columbia on April 5 at approximately 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time. The fire was quickly extinguished. All employees, visitors and contractors at site have been accounted for. Three employees have received non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the incident is not known at this time. Appropriate regulatory authorities have been notified and an investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the incident. There is no major impact to the operation.
On April 28th each year, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), along with organizations all around the world use this day, the National Day of Mourning, as an annual observance to honour workers whose lives have been lost, or affected by workplace injuries, disabilities or disease.
FNX Mining Company Inc. and one of its supervisors have pleaded guilty to safety violations at the Craig Mine in the City of Greater Sudbury, Ont. and fined a total of $88,000.
The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, announced that the Energy Safety and Security Act has received Royal Assent.
The B.C. government has introduced legislation to improve workplace health and safety as part of its commitment to implement key recommendations made by Gordon Macatee, WorkSafeBC special advisor, in his WorkSafeBC Review and Action Plan report released in July 2014.
Canadian winter months can bring frigid, sub-zero temperatures, and for those who work outdoors, exposure to the cold can be hazardous and put them at risk for injury. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) recommends planning ahead to prevent cold-related health problems like hypothermia and frostbite.
ABB announced that its operations in Canada have been certified by TÜV SÜD as having in place and applying a Functional Safety Management System (FSMS) for the design and engineering of safety instrumented system (SIS) projects in accordance with industry good practice safety standards. These standards include IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 for the integration and implementation of safety instrumented systems.
The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) appeared before the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE), to present the health, economic and climate change benefits of uranium, and to highlight the exemplary safety performance of the uranium mining industry.