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Posted December 24, 2010

The Employers’ Advocacy Council Supports New Prevention Initiative

KITCHENER – With the average cost of a lost-time injury in Ontario now spiraling well over $100,000, the Employers’ Advocacy Council, welcomed the release of the Expert Advisory Panel’s review on occupational health and safety, led by Tony Dean. The Advisory Panel’s review focused on needed improvements in workplace health and safety, in Ontario.

Some of the Panel recommendations that have been designated as priorities for implementation in the next twelve months include: creation of a new prevention organization within the Ministry of Labour, mandatory health and safety awareness training for all workers, and the creation of a small business committee to represent the needs and interests of employers and workers in small businesses.

The Panel recommendations support EAC’s work. “We believe that the removal of the prevention function from the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board is long overdue.  The WSIB is an insurance program, first and foremost.  The prevention function simply added confusion, duplication, and a lack of clarity regarding the roles of the Ministry of Labour, the WSIB prevention area and the other health and safety delivery partners,” said Ian Howcroft, Vice President, CME Ontario. “We are pleased with the recognition by the Panel that the report’s recommendations can be fully funded within the current spending allocations. During this critical period of economic recovery, it is vital that employers not be saddled with additional WSIB costs.”

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