Canadian Construction Health and Safety [Canadian Construction]

Canadian Construction Health and Safety

Photo taken in July 1961 near Sundre, Alta.,Fifty-two years ago, a workplace tragedy that killed five immigrant workers became the catalyst for reforms in occupational health and safety.

The Hogg’s Hollow disaster of March 1960 sparked public outcry that caused the Ontario government to modernize safety regulations, leading to the enactment of the Industrial Safety Act in 1964. In the same decade, the federal government passed the Canada Labour (Safety) Code, setting out laws and regulations for safety of workers in the federal jurisdiction.

Around the same time as these major developments, Canadian Occupational Safety magazine was born. The very first issue of COS magazine hit the streets in March 1963, and was published by Cash Crop Farming, a small publishing firm in Delhi, Ont.

A lot has happened since then, and in honour of the 50th anniversary of the magazine the Canadian OHS community has come to rely on for their regular dose of health and safety information, we’re looking back at some of the most unforgettable events in safety history in the last half-century.

1964: Safety defined
The Industrial Safest Act is enacted replacing the Factory, Shop and Office Building Act. Safety is defined as "freedom from injury to the body or freedom from damage to health." Employers were required to take such precautions as are reasonable to ensure worker safety.

1968: Canada Labour (Safety) Code takes effect
The code prescribes laws and regulations pertaining to occupational health and safety of workers in the federal jurisdiction.

1972: Saskatchewan leads
In passing its own Occupational Health and Safety Act, Saskatchewan institutes the concept of internal responsibility system by making health and safety a joint responsibility of employer and employees and requiring the establishment of joint health and safety committees. It enshrines three fundamental rights of workers: the right to know about the hazards in the workplace; the right to participate in health and safety discussions at work; and the right to refuse unsafe work.

1974: Striking miners
Uranium miners in Eliot Lake, Ont. stage protests unsafe working conditions and high incidence of lung caner and silicosis. In response, the Ontario labour ministry establishes a Royal Commission led by Dr. James Ham, to study and make recommendations to improve health and safety of mine workers.

1976: Beyond the mines
The Royal Commission publishes the Ham Report with over 100 recommendations. The occupational health and safety division is formed with four branches: mines safety, construction safety, industrial safety and occupational health. The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals is formed as a certification body for safety practitioners.

1978: Ontario responds
The Ontario Health and Safety Act passes, incorporating the internal responsibility system and recommendations from the Ham Report.

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