Thursday, April 22, 2021
Ben Kropp, Modernizing First Aid, SSRN:
At the dawn of 2021, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) submitted for review by all Ontarians a big tent approach to the delivery and oversight of first aid training in the province - Proposal 21-MLTSD 001. This Ontario Regulatory Registry proposal, if approved, will see care and control of first aid training in the Province of Ontario transferred from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), to the MLTSD. Proposal 21-MLTSD 001 seeks to do so by revoking R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 1101: First Aid Requirements under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) and granting the MLTSD the right to not only reshape the regulation, but to enforce it. Currently, the WSIA applies to approximately 76% of employers in Ontario, with a fraction of that subset subject to R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 1101: First Aid Requirements. Transferring care and control of first aid training to the MLTSD, and enacting a new first aid regulation within the Occupational Health and Safety Act, would ensure that, with very few exemptions, all of the 7.1 million working Ontarians would be safer in their workplace.