Changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act that will help keep Nova Scotians safe at work take effect today, June 12.
The amendments, passed in April 2016, better define when, how, and which injuries and incidents must be reported. They give government additional tools and authority to enforce safety requirements for those who put people at risk of serious injury or death by disregarding safety regulations.
The occupational health and safety director now has the authority to deal with repeat offenders by:
— issuing stop-work orders at all their sites
— applying to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia for an injunction to prohibit offenders from working in an industry
— requiring offenders to advise of future work locations and activities.
Government will continue to work with stakeholders to encourage further awareness and understanding of the changes.
These amendments are part of government’s overall efforts to improve workplace safety. These improvements also include Nova Scotia’s Workplace Safety Strategy, enhanced education and outreach efforts, more targeted inspections and the hiring of a dedicated occupational health and safety prosecutor.