The Ministry of Labour is proposing various amendments to Regulation 854 (Mines and Mining Plants) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). The regulation applies to all mines and mining plants and to mining development in Ontario and sets out sector-specific requirements that protect the health and safety of Ontarians who work in these workplaces.
The ministry has prepared a consultation paper for public review and comment which highlights the proposed amendments to Regulation 854, which are intended to:
• Harmonize requirements in Regulation 854 with other regulations under the OHSA, including amending the definition of nondestructive test and related requirements to harmonize with O. Reg. 213/91 (Construction Projects), thereby improving the clarity, consistency and transparency of these provisions;
• Revoke several provisions that are redundant or duplicative with other requirements, thereby reducing regulatory burden;
• Update various references to recognized industry standards to keep the regulation up-to-date;
• Amend existing requirements regarding the allowable height of working faces at surface mines and regarding oxygen/acetylene containers, providing workplaces with alternate ways of complying with these requirements, thereby increasing flexibility for mines and mining plants; and/or
• Amend miscellaneous requirements to update terminology and/or clarify certain requirements.
See attachments below for more information on this proposal.