The Ontario Government has announced that it is accepting and will be acting on all eighteen consensus recommendations made in the Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Advisory Group’s final report.
Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn and Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault were in Sudbury on Wednesday, April 15th, to accept the advisory group’s final report. The report contains 18 recommendations that will, among other measures:
- Require employers to have formal water management programs to reduce hazards related to excess water in areas where miners are working
- Enhance ground control protection to track and monitor seismic activity
- Mandate the Ministry of Labour to partner with employers and labour to conduct regular mining sector risk assessments
- Require employers to have plans in place to manage hazards like silica and diesel exhaust that cause occupational illness
The province’s Chief Prevention Officer will work with mining industry partners to implement the final report’s recommendations. The advisory group – including representatives from industry, labour, government and impacted families – will convene in the near future to prioritize implementation of the recommendations.
In September 2014 the advisory group issued a progress report which highlighted immediate steps the government could take to improve worker safety.
Mining in Ontario is diverse, covering a wide range of mineral commodities, including gold, nickel, copper, salt, diamonds, and a number of structural building materials. The sector employs 27,000 people, with another 50,000 jobs in supply chains and support activities.