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Ministers discuss harmonization of health and safety standards

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Ministers discuss harmonization of health and safety standards

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Federal, provincial and territorial labour ministers meeting in St. John’s, N.L. have endorsed the principle of establishing a new National Occupational Health and Safety Reconciliation Agreement.

The agreement is intended to help reduce trade barriers within Canada by reconciling occupational health and safety standards for first-aid kits, head protection, eye and face protection, hearing protection and foot protection among other standards as a way to enable stakeholder organizations to work more seamlessly across borders, said a recent statement.

The ministers also discussed harassment and violence, mental health and wage gaps, the release indicated.

Other topics included labour provisions in trade agreements and the Federal-Provincial/Territorial Strategy on Canada and the International Labour Organization.

“Today’s support for harmonized interprovincial occupational health and safety requirements is great news for workers and employers across Canada. Workers have the right to a safe and healthy workplace while employers benefit from the same standards to protect them across the country,” commented Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Patty Hajdu in the statement. “We will continue to collaborate with provincial and territorial colleagues to deliver change that works for everyone.”

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