(Mar. 12/13) In response to the concerns of CRFA and other employers, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Marilyn More has started discussions on changing the policy on administrative penalties for violations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
Recently, businesses have been hit with administrative penalties between $500 and $1,000 for relatively minor violations. Foodservice penalties have jumped from zero tickets in 2009-2010 to 90 tickets in 2011-2012.
What we want for members
CRFA is pushing for administrative penalties to be levied only for blatant violations or employer inaction on violation orders. Our work on this issue was recognized by government in its press release announcing the beginning of the consultation process last month.
Click here to read the government news release.
CRFA participated in stakeholder discussions on changes to the administrative penalty program. We are optimistic a tiered program that doesn’t penalize operators for minor violations will be created.
“Administrative penalties have a place in reducing workplace incidents, and increasing compliance with safety laws, but the process needs examination. I have been very involved in discussions around the penalties, and am pleased to see government is listening. I am looking forward to reviewing the proposed solutions, and providing input to develop effective solutions.”
– CRFA’s Luc Erjavec in the Government of Nova Scotia press release