More than 30 years ago, Ontario enacted the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA)—landmark legislation that established workers’ rights to safe working conditions and defined the responsibilities of employers to protect the health of workers. But a lot has changed in three decades, including many features of the working world.
Today’s labour force is characterized by aging workers, declining unionization, a growing number of newcomers, a decline in long-term employment relationships and an increase in independent contracting and temporary employment. As a long-time public administrator of occupational health and safety programs, Dr. Michael Silverstein will offer his views on how we might modernize our regulatory standards and practices to keep pace with the changing world of work. He will also address the challenge of using research to inform and implement occupational health and safety policies and programs.