The Ministry of Labour is consulting on an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) Accreditation Standard as well as additional criteria for employer recognition that could form the basis of a voluntary program to encourage the use of these systems. The aim of this initiative is to provide a framework to recognize employers who successfully implement a Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) accredited OHSMS in their Ontario workplace(s)
The objectives of the occupational health and safety management system Accreditation Standard are to:
- Outline a best practice standard for effective occupational health and safety management systems;
- Reinforce the cooperation of all workplace parties in the promotion of the Internal Responsibility System;
- Encourage workplaces without health and safety management systems to work towards adopting them;
- Encourage employers who have already implemented health and safety management systems to engage in the continual improvement of their systems; and
- Encourage employers to champion health and safety in their business sector
- Participation in the program will be voluntary, and be applicable to all stakeholders regardless of size or sector.
- The program will seek to integrate with existing or future programs in the continuum of Ontario’s health and safety system approaches.
- All program elements will exemplify excellence in occupational health and safety.
- It is recognized that there are a variety of national and international occupational health and safety management systems used in the workplace and the program is open to accrediting more than one system.
- Participants in the program will demonstrate leadership, accountability, and commitment to occupational health and safety.
- Worker participation will be a critical element of the program.
- The program will seek to include appropriate benefits for participants in the program who achieve excellence in occupational health and safety.
- Implementation of all program elements must be demonstrable in action, and participants must strive for continuous improvement.
- The MOL will ensure oversight to maintain the integrity of the program.
- The powers of MOL inspectors will remain unchanged.
The ministry is seeking feedback on the proposed elements in the draft accreditation standard and your views on a voluntary OHSMS Accreditation and Employer Recognition Program, including potential benefits for employers who are recognized by the CPO.
The ministry would appreciate your comments by Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Please see the “How to Participate” section at the end of this document for information on how to submit your comments to the ministry