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CLV Special Report - Emerging and Critical Issues in OH&S
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Workplaces that compete in global markets need to keep abreast of not only the OHS focus in Canada, but also the focus in other countries in which they wish to get business. For example, the European Union OHS focus is currently on risk assessment. In Canada, the current focus seems to be on violence in the workplace and on the importance of safety culture. OHS legislation in Canada continues to increase in scope although it is often slow to react to new hazards and particularly to research that challenges notion and theories that have formed the framework for accident prevention strategies. One example of this is the continued reliance by workers’ compensation boards and many organizations on the use of injury statistics as the major measure of safety performance and for safety incentive programs. Nonetheless, legal compliance exercised with due diligence continues to pose challenges to organizations. OHS regulatory agencies are showing greater willingness to prosecute and the Courts are generally imposing large fines and establishing new due diligence principles. One theme that is common in Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia, as well as other countries, is the focus on senior management leadership as the necessary facilitator of effective OHS management in the workplace. This special report consists of a series of articles on OHS issues of topical interest. Based on articles written in the past couple of years, which have been selected and edited with the aim of providing an overview of critical and emerging OHS issues; a reference source on topical OHS issues; a degree of international coverage to heighten awareness of OHS issues in other countries as well as new and helpful information and tools from those countries. The articles are organized into four topical categories: The management of OH&S, OHS Programs, New and Emerging OHS hazards and Regulatory Issues and Due Diligence.
About the Author

Dilys Robertson is an Ontario-based occupational health and safety consultant and writer. She was the Principal Editor of Thomson Reuters online safety information source - Safety Source® - from 2007 to 2012. She ran the Canadian National Work Injury Statistics Program for the AWCBC for ten years and was Editor of a newsletter for joint health and safety committees for almost 10 years. She has extensive experience in workplace health and safety legal compliance, safety training delivery and design (including computer-based training) and working with joint safety committees. She has developed computer-based training on accident investigation for the CSA and an electronic companion for the CSA standard on occupational health and safety management systems. Her work as an independent consultant in the field of workplace health and safety spans 25 years in both Manitoba and Ontario. Prior to that she worked in the United Kingdom where she was a member of the Industrial Tribunal Panel for England and Wales. She taught workplace health and safety programs at the University of Manitoba for 10 years and sits on several Canadian Standards Association Technical Committees. She is a prolific writer in the field of OH&S. Her publications include: ABCs of OH&S, Ontario (a Dictionary of Legal Compliance), JHS Committees: The Road to Excellence, Training Kit, OH&S Compliance Toolkit, the electronic Health & Safety Audit Toolkit and numerous articles, and she was a contributor to the most recent ILO Encyclopedia.

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