Bill 231, Protecting Ontarians by Enhancing Gas Station Safety to Prevent Gas and Dash Act, 2020

Chad Grasza
27.11.20 02:05 PM Comment(s)
Overview
First reading for Bill 231, Protecting Ontarians by Enhancing Gas Station Safety to Prevent Gas and Dash Act, 2020 was made on the 16th of November 2020.
The Bill amends the Occupational Health and Safety Act.  Employers at gas stations are required to give notice of the requirement to prepay for gasoline and to require customers to prepay before being given gasoline . The Act is also amended to require employers to provide training to workers involved in the sale of gasoline. However, It does not intend to add cost to the gas station owners. All those with manual pumps will stay as is under the grandfather clause. There is
going to be a step-by-step implementation, starting with the GTA first, then the towns and municipalities over 5,000 and finally to the rural in a few years.

Bill 231 2020
An Act to amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act to provide safety measures in respect of workers at gas stations
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:
1 The Occupational Health and Safety Act is amended by adding the following section:
Employers’ duties, prepayment for gasoline at gas stations.

Application
26.1 (1) This section applies in respect of a prescribed gas station or a prescribed class of gas station beginning on the date prescribed for the gas station or for
the class.

Requirement to prepay
(2)shall require a customer to prepay for gasoline sold at the gas station before the customer is given gasoline from a pump that has technology that prevents 
a person from taking gasoline before paying for it.
Notice on gasoline pumps
(3) An employer at a gas station shall affix the prescribed notice to each gasoline pump to which subsection (2) applies in such manner as may be prescribed.

Training
(4) If a gas station has one or more gasoline pumps described in subsection (2), the employer at the gas station shall provide training about worker safety in accordance with the prescribed requirements to workers involved in the sale of gasoline at the gas station.
New and replacement gasoline pumps
(5) A new or replacement gasoline pump that is installed at a gas station after the day this section applies in respect of the gas station must have technology that prevents a person from taking gasoline before paying for it.

Definitions
(6) In this section,
“gas station” means a retail outlet at which gasoline is sold at a gasoline pump and put into the fuel tanks of motor vehicles; (“station-service”)
“gasoline” has the same meaning as in the Gasoline Tax Act, but does not include aviation fuel, leaded gasoline or propane; (“essence”)
2 (1) Subsection 70 (2) of the Act is amended by adding the following paragraphs:
2.1  prescribing gas stations or classes of gas station and prescribing dates for the purposes of subsection 26.1 (1);
.  .  .  .  .
17.1 prescribing, for the purpose of subsection 26.1 (3), the content and appearance of the notice and the manner in which it shall be affixed to a gasoline pump;
17.2 providing for such transitional matters as the Lieutenant Governor in Council considers necessary or advisable in connection with the implementation of section 26.1, including requiring an employer at a gas station to post notices relating to the requirements under section 26.1 in advance of the section applying in respect of the gas station;
.  .  .  .  .
31.2 prescribing, for the purpose of subsection 26.1 (4), requirements for the training that employers shall provide to workers involved in the sale of gasoline from a pump at a gas station, including when and how often the workers must receive such training;
(2) Section 70 of the Act is amended by adding the following subsection:
Regulations, gas stations and dates
(2.1) For clarity, a regulation made under paragraph 2.1 of subsection (2) may,
  (a)  prescribe classes of gas station based on geographical location; and
  (b)  prescribe different dates for different gas stations or classes of gas station.

Commencement
3 This Act comes into force on a day to be named by proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor.

Short title

4 The short title of this Act is the Protecting Ontarians by Enhancing Gas Station Safety to Prevent Gas and Dash Act, 2020.


Source:  Legislative  Assembly of Ontario