The Department of Environment and Labour has a new tool to helpenforce laws that protect Nova Scotians in the workplace. Nova Scotia’s occupational health and safety officers can nowissue summary offence tickets for two offences under theOccupational Health and Safety Act. A summary offence ticket, with a fine of $450, can be issued topeople and organizations in a workplace who do not provide acompliance notice indicating they have complied with an officer’searlier order. A summary offence ticket, with a fine of $800, canbe issued for failing to comply with an order. “The health and safety of workers in this province is a priorityof government. We are continually improving our health and safetysystems to help reduce accidents and injuries in the workplace,”said Minister of Environment and Labour Kerry Morash. “The use ofsummary offence tickets is an additional tool to help bringworkplaces into compliance with the occupational health andsafety laws.” The minister said the Department of Environment and Labourfocuses first on educating people in the workplace and workingwith them to bring businesses into compliance. When this does notwork, officers can turn to enforcement options which includeissuing a summary offence ticket or laying charges against theoffender. Employers or employees found guilty of an offenceagainst the Occupational Health and Safety Act can be subject tofines of up to $250,000 and/or up to two years in jail. “It’s important for the officers to have options for enforcementwhen orders are not being followed,” said Mr. Morash. “Continuedoffences by a workplace are unacceptable and will result in apenalty.” The occupational health and safety division joins other divisionsin the Department of Environment and Labour who use summaryoffence tickets as part of their enforcement system. For more information on occupational health and safety laws, seethe website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/ohs or call 1-800-952-2687.