SUDBURY, ON – Ontario Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn was recently in this northern mining town to announce new requirements to improve the health and safety of the province’s miner. At the same time, he confirmed there had been zero fatalities in Ontario mines during 2016.
“We are determined to make Ontario’s mines the safest and most innovative in the world. This latest achievement confirms the value of our safety initiatives and partnerships in moving us toward this target,” said Ontario Mining Association president Chris Hodgson.
One such initiative is the ministry-led Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review. It has enabled exemplary collaboration among labour, safety agencies and employers, resulting in recommendations that are successfully driving progress toward the shared goal of zero harm in the workplace. The advisory group’s final report focuses on areas such as risk assessment, water management, enhancing ground control protection, managing hazards, emergency response, and strengthening the internal responsibility system by outlining measures that can be implemented in the short term, as well as innovative practices that will guide us in the future.
The OMA contributed to the work of the advisory group, as well as six supplementary working groups. The association says it wholeheartedly supports the recommendations and feels that they will benefit not just Ontario miners, but also other sectors in our economy. Moreover, they deepen the safety expertise that Canadians can export to other parts of the world.
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