Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Bill C-4 Change the Definition of "danger;" ??? Really??? Via Gord Lechner

Bill C-4, the federal government’s 302-page budget implementation bill contains several proposed amendments to Canadian occupational health and safety law. Tabled October 22, 2013, the proposed amendments:

• change the definition of “danger;” 

• remove mention of health and safety officers and give their power to the Minister (who may delegate this power);

• change the process for the right to refuse unsafe work.

Federal health and safety law includes Part 2 of the Canada Labour Code and the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and apply to workplaces in sectors with national scope—generally those crossing provincial and/or national boundaries. Examples of these sectors include: air, water and rail transport, banking, broadcasting, energy and mining, grain elevators and federal public service.

Clearly the budget Bill will significantly alter law designed to safeguard federal workers.


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