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Mine inspectors need improved training: OPSEU

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Apr 05, 2014 - 3:08 PM |
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union has called for improved mine inspector training as the Ministry of Labour's review of mining health and safety has gotten underway. File photo.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union has called for improved mine inspector training as the Ministry of Labour's review of mining health and safety has gotten underway. File photo.

Union calls for more training from Ministry of Labour

The Ministry of Labour has failed to update training for its mine inspectors, say representatives from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), who represent the inspectors.


“Despite repeated studies that have identified the need for ongoing and current training for occupational health and safety inspectors in all sectors, the Ministry of Labour has failed to implement any training that will keep our Inspector members current,” Neil Martin, provincial representative for OPSEU's 338 industrial health and safety inspectors, said in a release.


Twenty of the union's inspectors cover mines.

“Every worker has the right to go to work and come home safely to their families,” said OPSEU president Warren 'Smokey' Thomas, in a release.

“The Ministry of Labour must act immediately on training needs for inspectors before more unnecessary tragedies occur. Anything less than that is negligence on the Ministry's part, and our inspectors should not have to shoulder the blame for it.”

In 2009, the Ministry of Labour produced a document outlining the ongoing training needs for Occupational Health and Safety Inspectors in the mining and other sectors. The Ministry has not implemented this training despite repeated requests from OPSEU.

The union's call for action has come at the start of public consultations for the Ministry of Labour's year-long review of mining health and safety.

The first round of public consultations for Sudbury concluded on Thursday, April 3.

Further consultations are planned for Red Lake on April 30; in Marathon on May 1; and in London, on May 13.

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