News Release Archive

In the coming months, Nova Scotians will have the opportunity to
help rewrite the rule book for occupational health and safety in
the province. Indoor air quality and violence in the workplace
are examples of regulations coming up for comment. 

The Nova Scotia Health and Safety Advisory Council is now
launching its next round of public consultation on the province's
Occupational Health and Safety Act, regulations and policy. 

In the next few months, it will be releasing a number of
documents for public input. Topics include proposed regulations
for violence in the workplace and indoor air quality, changes to
the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations, and
requirements for joint workplace health and safety committees.  

"These issues are of great importance to employers and employees
and their families, as well as government and industry
organizations," said Bob McArel, co-chairman of the advisory
council and director of industrial relations with Nova Scotia
Power Inc. "We encourage anyone with an interest in workplace
health and safety to get a copy of our documents and tell us what
they think."

The advisory council, formed in 1986 to advise the minister of
labour, has equal representation from employer and employee
groups, as well as members from the Department of Labour, the
Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, Nova Scotia Medical
Society and other interested groups and individuals. 

Working groups, typically consisting of people directly impacted
by the topic being addressed, review all discussion materials.
Working groups are also balanced with equal representation from
business and labour. The groups are supported by legal, technical
and research support staff seconded from the Department of

Over the past two years, advisory council members have been
working on updating the province's occupational health and safety
legislation, regulations and policy. As consensus is reached,
recommendations are forwarded to the minister. The review process
is scheduled to end Sept. 30, 1995.

"We want every Nova Scotian to have an opportunity to offer
ideas, opinions and suggestions," said Rob Wells, advisory
council co-chairman and Canadian Union of Public Employees'
health and safety representative. "Before putting forward
recommendations on issues that affect all Nova Scotians, we want
to hear from those Nova Scotians."
Contact: Pat Clahane, 424-5420
For a list of council members, background information on the
Advisory Council, and consultation deadlines call 424-5420. 
lm                                       January 20, 1995