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Government Launches New Occupational Health and Safety Enforcement Tool

Released on June 27, 2014

The Government of Saskatchewan has added Summary Offence Tickets (SOTs) as a new enforcement tool that will have an impact on people who violate Occupational Health and Safety Legislation.

“Summary Offence Tickets will encourage ongoing compliance of health and safety rules and help reduce workplace injuries,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “This new tool deals with reoccurring or potentially dangerous contraventions that require immediate action.” 

Employers and employees have had six months to become familiar with the offences and penalties associated with SOTs, and now this enforcement tool will be fully implemented as of July 1, 2014. 

There are 12 ticketable offences that relate to a variety of occupational health and safety provisions including fall protection, safe work conditions in excavations/trenching, personal protective equipment, submission of progress reports to the Occupational Health and Safety Division, and submission of information requested by the director.  As a result of consultations on The Occupational Health and Safety Act, regulations were amended to introduce summary offence ticketing.

Two Occupational Health and Safety Officers have been designated to issue tickets with fines that range from $250 to $1,000 plus appropriate victim’s surcharges, depending on the offence.

For more information on Summary Offence Ticketing, including the list of offences, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/sot.

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For more information, contact:

Bill Stovin
Labour Relations and Workplace Safety
Regina
Phone: 306-787-0926

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