Participation in SAWO Consultations

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The IDCA is participating in the Ministry of Labour’s Safe At Work Ontario consultations to improve the provincial Occupational Health & Safety Act.  The consultation paper for discussion is available at:  https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/English/about/consultations/consult_sawo.php
Currently, the MOL is conducting an inspection blitz of community health centres until the end of March 2018 to evaluate internal responsibility compliance for implementing the new Occupational Health & Safety requirements, especially those pertaining to harassment.

New Governing Legislation

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On December 12, 2017, the Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017  passed third reading and received Royal Assent, thereby rescinding the Independent Health Facilities Act.

Under the new legislation, in Schedule 6 of the Act, the Medical Radiation and Imaging Technology Act, 2017 will replace the Medical Radiation Technology Act, 1991 with new legislation that appropriately reflects the entirety of the medical radiation and imaging technology profession. Key changes under the new Medical Radiation and Imaging Technology Act included:

·         Updating the name of the profession and of the health regulatory college overseeing the profession to accurately reflect the entirety of its membership

·         Changing the scope of practice statement to include the “application of soundwaves” to capture diagnostic sonographers

·         Appropriately identifying all radiation and imaging professionals that are members of the college.

The IDCA participated in the consultations in the development of the new legislation and was one of only a few invited to present to the Standing Committee on General Governance.  The IDCA will participate in the development of Ministry of Health and Long-term Care regulations in the coming months.

For more information please visit:

News Release

English: http://news.ontario.ca/m/47475

French: http://news.ontario.ca/m/47480

Backgrounder

English:  http://news.ontario.ca/m/47476

French:  http://news.ontario.ca/m/47478

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers to be Regulated with the CMRTO

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On August 2, 2017, the CMRTO received a letter from the Workforce Planning and Regulatory Affairs Division of the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care directing the CMRTO to regulate diagnostic medical sonographers and begin registration by January 2018. The measure will “enhance public protection and make the regulatory framework consistent for all areas of medical imaging”. The IDCA was one of several associations consulted in late July 2017 as part of the development of this decision.

 

2017 article

Labour Consultations

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The Ministry of Labour is inviting employer and labour representatives to ensure that both perspectives are heard in developing the plans for the upcoming year. Participants will be provided with the opportunity to provide input on how Ontario’s occupational health and safety enforcement strategy can work to optimize workplace health, safety and fairness. These discussions will give you the opportunity to help shape the future direction of the Ministry’s compliance and education campaigns.
Register for Jan 18, 2017, session.