The Ministry of Labour has been involved in occupational health and safety for well over a century. Ontario’s economy in 1900 was dominated by agriculture, with mining in its infancy, and what would become the most important industry, automotive, was still four years away.
They balanced all of these hats, though, as the need for policies and procedures evolved as the industries did.
The first regulations for workplace health and safety in Ontario began in 1884. Now, the cornerstone of Ontario’s legislation is laid out in OSHA, the Occupational Health & Safety Act. The Ministry of Labour still plays its part, with their overall vision to foster workplaces that are fair, safe, and healthy.
The main goal of Occupational Health & Safety is to create an environment that is safe, the safest in the world. As a result, some laws are enforced with the intention of reducing, and eliminating, workplace injuries.
It’s been over four decades since the Occupational Safety and Health Act became law, and in that time occupational injuries and workplace deaths have dropped by 60 percent. However, there is still an unacceptable level of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities that occur in relation to work. Approximately 12 workers die on the job every day, which is over 4,500 every year. Moreover, on a daily basis over 4 million workers suffer serious injuries on the job.
The most efficient way to deal with this is to enhance the focus on prevention. That means that a common sense prevention program must be put into place. The tool is designed to help employers find hazards and fix them before injuries, or worse, occur. It also meets the employer’s OSH Act obligation to provide each employee with a workplace free from hazards.
There is nothing new about injury prevention programs, and the majority of large companies with excellent safety records already use them. One example you can read is onAuto Glass Repair Brampton’s service page They cite injury prevention programs as the key to their success in reducing workplace injuries.
It’s the turn of Ontario’s auto manufacturers to put these safety practices in place throughout their factories in order to ensure they are reducing the accidents that are occurring.
There are high costs involved when a worker is injured, or killed, at work. It’s been calculated, as $8.7 million for every life that is lost, when it times by the number of people that die on the job on an annual basis it costs businesses upwards of $40 billion It is evident that the cost of implementing safety practices is a pittance in comparison to the cost that injuries, and deaths, have on a workplace.
It isn’t just Ontario that’s cracking down, it’s happening across Canada, the US, Australia, the EU member states as well as Asia.