MOL Announces Members of Ontario’s Prevention Council

On August 15, the Ministry of Labour (MOL) announced names of nine members of the 11-member Prevention Council, which will help protect workers and improve workplace health and safety across the province. The individuals selected are leaders and health and safety experts who come from a broad range of backgrounds.

Labour representatives
Patrick Dillon, Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer, Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario
Colin Grieve, Occupational Disease Worker Advocate, Hamilton and Ontario Professional Firefighters Associations
Nancy Hutchison, Secretary Treasurer, Ontario Federation of Labour
Bryan Neath, Regional Director – Ontario, United Food and Commercial Workers Canada

Non-union worker representative
Linda Vannucci, Director, Toronto Workers’ Health and Safety Legal Clinic

Employer representatives
Michael Oxley, President and Chief Financial Officer, DuPont Canada
Gloria Rajkumar, CEO, SIMAC
Roy Slack, President, Cementation Canada Inc.

Occupational health and safety expert
Graeme Norval, Associate Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto

In addition, one employer representative and a representative from WSIB are being finalized and are expected to be announced shortly.

This is an important milestone for Ontario’s occupational health and safety system. The council will provide support for the Chief Prevention Officer and will advise the Minister on:
•  prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses
•  development of a provincial occupational health and safety strategy
•  proposed changes to funding and delivery of services for the prevention of workplace injuries and occupational diseases under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act

Prevention Council – What this Means to You
The high calibre of members announced today will enable the Ministry to work with a broader range of ideas and perspectives and will also provide a clear window for dialogue with all interested stakeholders. One of their first priorities will be to develop a health and safety strategy for the province, which won’t happen in isolation. You can expect that they will be reaching out to workers, employers, community leaders, volunteers, etc. to ensure they develop a strategy that will make Ontario an even safer place to work, live and play.

If you have any questions, or you would like to discuss this announcement or any other changes occurring in the health and safety system, please feel free to contact:
Elizabeth Mills, President & CEO, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
T 905 614 2135 | 877 494 9777
elizabeth.mills@wsps.ca

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