Health & Safety
Ontario is one of the safest mining jurisdictions in the world and mining is one of the safest industries in Ontario, achieving a 96% improvement in lost time injury frequency over the past 30 years.
This level of success is a direct consequence of the sector's commitment to maintaining the highest health and safety standards possible. The ultimate goal for any Ontario mining company is achieving a zero-incident work environment. To that end, mining companies devote themselves to promoting an ingrained workplace safety culture by training employees, engaging in risk (re)assessment, measuring performance, rewarding achievement and adopting best practices. Frequent exposure to new information keeps mine workers focused on staying safe and healthy, while recognition programs for safety achievement, such as the John T. Ryan Trophy, strengthen company aspirations for continuous improvement. Since the inception of this national mine safety recognition program, the OMA has provided secretarial and scorekeeping services, while engaging in the sharing of best practices with other provinces and territories in Canada.
The mining industry's health and safety culture often extends beyond the mine site. From funding healthcare facilities to partnering with non-governmental organizations to deliver education programs, or sponsoring community events, Ontario mining companies improve access to healthcare and information not just for their employees, but also for their families and the wider community.
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Workplace Safety North
Safe at Work Ontario (Ontario Ministry of Labour)
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board - Ontario
Minerals Industry Risk Management Gateway
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
The Canadian Encyclopedia - Mining Safety and Health