BEST OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY PRACTICES REQUIRE MINISTERIAL REGISTRY: HUGHES

Ottawa – Canada should be keeping track of workers who have been injured on the job or become sick due workplace hazards says Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP, Carol Hughes.

Hughes reintroduced a bill, that stood in the name of former MP, Tony Martin, that would require employers to report information about all accidents, occupational disease, and other hazardous occurrences known by the employer to the Minister of Labour.   The bill was seconded in the chamber by Claude Patry, MP for Jonquière—Alma.

“This is an important bill for protecting worker’s health,” said Patry. “All too often we hear of tragedies that should be catalogued so we don’t repeat mistakes and we work towards best practices.”

Hughes contextualized the Bill with personal and public examples that demonstrated how pervasive and far reaching occupational health concerns are.

“As I speak, I am drawn to the memory of my friend Julius Hava and his courageous battle with mesothelioma stemming from a workplace carcinogen,” said Hughes.  “He is not alone. Let’s look at Elliot Lake for instance, every April 28th, more names of deceased workers are added to the Miner’s Memorial Monument due to occupational disease.”

The bill would require the Minister to maintain a registry containing all of that information and to make the information available to employees and potential employees for examination.

“The measures laid out in this Bill will be very important going forward for workers,’ concluded Hughes. “I hope members on all sides of the House will see the merit in this bill and help move the chains forward on an issue of significant importance to many Canadians.”

 

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For more information, please contact: Jamie Burgess, Office of Carol Hughes 613-996-5376 , hughec.a1@parl.gc.ca