The Department of Labour and Advanced Education announced today that the changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act are now in effect. The media release from the Nova Scotia government is provided below...
Changes to Occupational Health and Safety Act Now in Effect
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:
-- 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.