Bill 70 Schedule 16: Health & Safety Management System Accreditation


On Thursday December 8th, 2016 schedule 16 of Bill 70 received royal assent. Schedule 16 of the bill proposes an accreditation program for health and safety management systems.

Bill 70: Changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Bill 70, Building Ontario Up for Everyone Act (Budget Measures), 2016, will, among other things, amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act to:

  • Provide a definition for a Health and Safety Management System as a: coordinated system of procedures, processes and other measures that is designed to be implemented by employers in order to promote continuous improvement in occupational health and safety;
  • Give authority for the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) to accredit health and safety management systems;
  • Give authority for the CPO to establish standards that workplace health and safety management systems must meet in order for them to receive accreditation. Further, publish these standards promptly after establishing or amending them;
  • Give authority for the CPO to recognize workplaces and employers that utilize health and safety management systems that meet the established standards;
  • Authorize the CPO to require any applicants seeking accreditation to provide the CPO with whatever information, records, or accounts as he or she may require;
  • Authorize the CPO to publish or otherwise make available to the public information relating to accredited health and safety management systems and employers given recognition, including the names of the systems and employers.

Bill 70 Moving Forward

The bill in its entirety can be found on the Legislative Assembly of Ontario website.

If you have questions regarding health and safety management system development, health and safety management system consulting, health and safety management system training or customized health and safety management systems, feel free to contact one of our health and safety experts at 1-800-815-9980.