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Ontario passed legislation on May 9 that will modernize the province's resource extraction rules to increase environmental protections, boost competitiveness and create jobs and economic growth in the aggregates and mining sectors.
Calgary – The Alberta Energy Regulator is making it easier for the public to see which oil and gas companies are falling behind on pipeline safety.
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.
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.
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.
Consistent with the government’s commitment to the health and safety of Ontario’s miners, a number of amendments to Regulation 854 (Mines and Mining Plants) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act have been approved. These amendments were either requested by the Mining Legislative Review Committee (MLRC), support the Mining Prevention, Health and Safety Review and/or reflect certain administrative changes.
The Iron Ore Company of Canada was ordered to pay $30,000 on June 15, 2015, in Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Court after pleading guilty to offences under the Fisheries Act related to the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (MMER).
The Ontario Ministry of Labour has produced new mining guidelines on providing safe and reliable braking systems on vehicles; on requirements and hazards involving tire and wheel assemblies, and on the sampling of diesel particulate matter.
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.
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