Legislative Compliance

Legislative ComplianceWhat is legislative compliance

Compliance (or adherence) with the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA) and other relevant legislation and regulations related to health and safety of your employees is an important and legal requirement. Not being aware of your legal responsibilities and duties is not a defense for non-compliance.

What the law says

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) sets out minimum health and safety standards for workplaces in Ontario. Employers are required by law to post a copy of the Act in the workplace. The OHSA is anchored on the "internal responsibility system", which means employers and employees share responsibility for keeping the workplace safe and workers healthy. Supervisors and workers both have roles to play.

Regulations are a detailed set of rules that explain how the general provisions, specified in the Act, must be applied.

There are other industry-specific regulations. Your health and safety association can help you with this information.

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) sets out Ontario's no-fault insurance system for work-related injuries or illnesses.

How legislative compliance can affect your business

A safe environment is a productive workplace. Health and safety is not simply a legal obligation: it is a business opportunity. You can boost your bottom line by improving health and safety performance, which reduces the costs associated with avoidable losses and lost time injuries, and leads to high productivity.

The Ministry of Labour (MOL) is responsible for enforcing the OHSA and its regulations. MOL inspectors visit workplaces in response to complaints, injuries, and fatalities, or as part of proactive inspections.

The OHSA gives MOL inspectors a number of enforcement tools to obtain compliance with health and safety requirements. Inspectors can issue compliance orders, which describe actions the employer is obliged to take to become compliant with specific legal requirements. If there is immediate risk of injury to a worker, MOL inspectors have the power to issue a "stop work" order to prevent work from continuing until compliance is achieved. Inspectors can also issue tickets or initiate prosecution for non-compliance.

What you can do

  • Become familiar with the legislation applicable to your work and learn about your rights and responsibilities
  • Get help - contact your health and safety association for information on what training you can receive to ensure compliance before the inspector comes knocking
  • Provide employees with hazard information, proper safety equipment, training and competent supervision
  • Have worker representation for health and safety
  • Follow proper procedures if an injury occurs
  • Keep a safe and well-maintained workplace.

Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

Integrating health and safety into your workplace is good business.  WSPS’ consultants employ a results-based approach to health, safety and environment, focused on building self-reliance,  and enabling your organization to implement, manage and continually improve your health and safety programs.

Training

Construction Projects in Industrial Facilities (1/2 day)

Construction Projects in Industrial Facilities (1/2 day)

Many industrial facility tasks are considered construction in nature, find out what this means to your workplace.
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$149.00

Hiring Outside Contractors (1/2 day)

Hiring Outside Contractors (1/2 day)

This 1/2 day course will help you understand your health and safety responsibilities as they relate to hiring outside contractors.
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$149.00

Managing Safety of On-Site Contractors (1/2 day)

Managing Safety of On-Site Contractors (1/2 day)

Learn about and gain experience with managing the key elements of on-site contractor safety in this 1/2 day course.
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$149.00

Pre-Start Health and Safety Reviews (1/2 day)

Pre-Start Health and Safety Reviews (1/2 day)

In this 1/2 day program you will learn about the requirements, how to assess if Section 7 applies, and if a PSR is required.
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$139.50

Safety, Health and the Law (1 day)

Safety, Health and the Law (1 day)

A one-day course designed to raise awareness and working knowledge of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act) and regulations.
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$249.00

Supervisor Responsibilities and Due Diligence (1/2 day)

Supervisor Responsibilities and Due Diligence (1/2 day)

Understand your legal responsibilities, your role as a leader and the key concept of due diligence.
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$149.00

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers: Train-the-Trainer (1/2 Day)

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers: Train-the-Trainer (1/2 Day)

Do-it-yourself option to meet the mandatory training requirements.

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$295.00

Health & Safety Awareness for Supervisors (1.5 Hours)

Health & Safety Awareness for Supervisors (1.5 Hours)

Get in compliance quickly. Price includes training for up to 25 people in your workplace.

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$395.00

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers (1 Hour)

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers (1 Hour)

Get in compliance quickly. Price includes training for up to 25 people in your workplace.

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$395.00

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers (2 Hours)

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers (2 Hours)

Training Tailored to Your Workplace. Price includes training for up to 15 people in your workplace.

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$395.00

Federal Policy, Work Place Committees and Representatives (2 days)

Federal Policy, Work Place Committees and Representatives (2 days)

NEW! Cost-effective 2-day training session for federal workplace health and safety committees.
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$519.00

E-Courses

(ON) Accident Investigation in Ontario (1 hour)

(ON) Accident Investigation in Ontario (1 hour)

Practical approach to investigating workplace accidents, with emphasis on how to find root cause.
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$49.00

Canada Labour Code, Part II: An Overview (English) (1 hour)

Canada Labour Code, Part II: An Overview (English) (1 hour)

This e-Course provides an overview of the requirements and applications of the Canada Labour Code.
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$64.00

Canada Labour Code, Part II: An Overview (French) (1 hour)

Canada Labour Code, Part II: An Overview (French) (1 hour)

This e-Course provides an overview of the requirements and applications of the Canada Labour Code.
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$64.00

Contractor Health & Safety (English) (1 hour)

Contractor Health & Safety (English) (1 hour)

Overview of health and saety issues in contract work, providing a framework for owners, employers, and contractors.
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$64.00

Contractor Health & Safety (French) (1 hour)

Contractor Health & Safety (French) (1 hour)

Overview of health and safety issues in contract work, providing a framework for owners, employers, and contractors.
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$64.00

Due Diligence in Occupational Health and Safety (English) (1 hour)

Due Diligence in Occupational Health and Safety (English) (1 hour)

Discover practical steps to implement due diligence in your workplace.
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$64.00

Due Diligence in Occupational Health and Safety (French) (1 hour)

Due Diligence in Occupational Health and Safety (French) (1 hour)

Discover practical steps to implement due diligence in your workplace.
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$64.00

Federal Hazard Prevention Program (English) (1 hour)

Federal Hazard Prevention Program (English) (1 hour)

Every federally-regulated workplace must implement and maintain a hazard prevention program.
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$64.00

Federal Hazard Prevention Program (French) (1 hour)

Federal Hazard Prevention Program (French) (1 hour)

Every federally-regulated workplace must implement and maintain a hazard prevention program.
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$64.00

Health and Safety Committees (English) (1 hour)

Health and Safety Committees (English) (1 hour)

This course offers guidance on how to establish a new committee, how a committee can perform its functions and how it can be effective.
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$49.00

Health and Safety Committees (French) (1 hour)

Health and Safety Committees (French) (1 hour)

This course offers guidance on how to establish a new committee, how a committee can perform its functions and how it can be effective.
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$49.00

Health and Safety for Senior Executives: Legislation and Liability (English) (1 hour)

Health and Safety for Senior Executives: Legislation and Liability (English) (1 hour)

Reduce liabilities and increase organizational compliance through high performance health and safety leadership.
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$64.00

Health and Safety for Senior Executives: Legislation and Liability (French) (1 hour)

Health and Safety for Senior Executives: Legislation and Liability (French) (1 hour)

Reduce liabilities and increase organizational compliance through high performance health and safety leadership.
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$64.00

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Workers (English) (1 hour)

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Workers (English) (1 hour)

Learn about Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), and your rights and responsibilities as a worker.
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$15.00

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Supervisors (English) (1 hour)

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Supervisors (English) (1 hour)

This solution explains a supervisor's role and duties regarding health and safety at the workplace.
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$15.00

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Supervisors (French) (1 hour)

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Supervisors (French) (1 hour)

This solution explains a supervisor's role and duties regarding health and safety at the workplace.
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$15.00

Webinars

Are You Ready for the MOL Manufacturing Blitz?

Are You Ready for the MOL Manufacturing Blitz?

This webinar will be of interest to all firms in the industrial sector, that have key hazards associated with manufacturing processes, including guarding and lockout, workplace violence, MSDs, occupational disease (noise and chemical exposure), as well as those that are looking to strengthen their internal responsibility system.
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$0.00

Reference Products

Inspecting Physical Conditions, Guidelines for Setting Standards (8th Edition)

Inspecting Physical Conditions, Guidelines for Setting Standards (8th Edition)

A comprehensive, print-based resource that identifies applicable laws and standards and provides detailed guidelines relating to over 30 workplace hazards and 20 controls.
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$119.00

Landscape Ontario Workplace Safety Tailgate Talks for the Landscaping Industry

Landscape Ontario Workplace Safety Tailgate Talks for the Landscaping Industry

This tool provides information on dozens of the most common hazards in the landscaping industry along with best practices for working safely.
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$20.00

Pocket Ontario OH&S Act & Regulations 2016 (Consolidated Edition)

Pocket Ontario OH&S Act & Regulations 2016 (Consolidated Edition)

NEW! 2016 Pocket Ontario OH&S Act & Regulations (Consolidated Edition)
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$19.90

Pocket Ontario OH&S Act & Regulations 2017 (Consolidated Edition)

Pocket Ontario OH&S Act & Regulations 2017 (Consolidated Edition)

Pre-order NEW! 2017 Pocket Ontario OH&S Act & Regulations (Consolidated Edition)
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$21.00

Downloads

Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

To put health and safety solutions within reach of every employer and employee in Ontario.

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Mental Health in the Workplace: Organizational Factors and Resources

Mental Health in the Workplace: Organizational Factors and Resources

Mental health in the workplace: Organizational factors and resources
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Brochure for small business: your health and safety GPS

Brochure for small business: your health and safety GPS

Time constraints, lack of resources, overabundance of regulations, economic stresses: sound familiar? This easy-to-navigate brochure lists on two pages everything you need to know and do to reach your health and safety destination, and includes a list of MOL and other resources you can trust. Addresses businesses in all sectors.

857 KB PDF
Brochure for small business in the vehicle sales and service sector: your health & safety GPS

Brochure for small business in the vehicle sales and service sector: your health & safety GPS

Time constraints, lack of resources, overabundance of regulations, economic stresses: sound familiar? This easy-to-navigate brochure lists on two pages everything you need to know and do to reach your health and safety destination, and includes a list of MOL and other resources you can trust. Specifically addresses the vehicle sales and service sector.

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Flyer for small business in the vehicle sales and service sector: your health and safety GPS

Flyer for small business in the vehicle sales and service sector: your health and safety GPS

Post this attractive flyer, which contains the same information in the brochure for small business (above), on your bulletin boards, and share the tips, information and links widely. Specifically addresses the vehicle sales and service sector.

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Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Retail)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Retail)

Developed in partnership with the Retail Council of Canada, this guide helps you navigate through the rules and regulations that govern workplace health and safety.  Includes a self-assessment tool to help you get started.

To purchase a copy of this guide, please visit the online catalogue.
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Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Vehicle Sales & Service)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Vehicle Sales & Service)

This guide helps you navigate through the rules and regulations that govern workplace health and safety.  Includes a self-assessment tool to help you get started.

To purchase a copy of this guide, please visit the online catalogue.
907 KB PDF
Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Landscaping & Growers)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Landscaping & Growers)

Developed in partnership with Landscape Ontario, this guide helps you navigate through the rules and regulations that govern workplace health and safety.  Includes a self-assessment tool to help you get started.

To purchase a copy of the guide, please visit the online catalogue.
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Closing the Loop:  Setting Up a Health & Safety System in your Small Business (Manufacturing)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in your Small Business (Manufacturing)

Developed in partnership with the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), this guide helps you navigate through the rules and regulations that govern workplace health and safety.  Includes a self-assessment tool to help you get started.

To purchase a copy of the guide, please visit the online catalogue.
1963 KB pdf
Closing the Loop:  Setting Up a Health & Safety System in your Small Business (Generic)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in your Small Business (Generic)

This guide helps you navigate through the rules and regulations that govern workplace health and safety.  Includes a self-assessment tool to help you get started.

To purchase a copy of this guide, please visit the online catalogue.
1934 KB pdf
IRS Primer

IRS Primer

The internal responsibility system (IRS) is part of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Everyone in the workplace has a shared responsibility. This primer will help you understand your role in this process.
682 KB pdf
Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Tourism & Hospitality)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Tourism & Hospitality)

Developed in partnership with the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, this guide helps you navigate through the rules and regulations that govern workplace health and safety.  Includes a self-assessment tool to help you get started.

To purchase a copy of this guide, please visit the online catalogue.
1998 KB pdf
Reporting Injuries and Illnesses

Reporting Injuries and Illnesses

In Ontario, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) have requirements for recording or reporting workplace injuries and illnesses.  This guideline helps you comply with these legislative provisions.
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First Aid at Work

First Aid at Work

First Aid is the immediate care given to a person who is injured or who suddenly becomes ill.  It can range from cleaning a cut and applying a bandage, to helping someone who is choking or having a heart attack.
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Orientation Training

Orientation Training

Employees suffer a disproportionate number of work-related injuries during the first three months of employer, underscoring the need for proper health and safety orientation for all new and returning employees.
339 KB PDF

Articles

What you need to know about Bill 70

What you need to know about Bill 70

If your workplace introduces a recognized management system to prevent injuries and illness, you could receive accreditation for your efforts under new legislation passed in December. The goal is to encourage superior health and safety performance by applying business methods already proven to boost quality and productivity.

Feb 13, 2017
12 questions to help you prepare for this fall’s chemical handling blitz

12 questions to help you prepare for this fall’s chemical handling blitz

From September 19 to October 31, Ministry of Labour inspectors will fan out across the province, visiting workplaces to check records, observe, and ask questions about their chemical handling practices.

Jul 29, 2016
6 ways to prepare for marijuana legalization

6 ways to prepare for marijuana legalization

In just about one year, marijuana is expected to be legalized in Canada. However, there are no details on what this means and what tools will be made available to employers. So far, there has been no indication this will include explicit legislation allowing employers to carry out post-incident, reasonable cause, random or other testing.

Jul 29, 2016
New AODA requirements are in effect now. Here's what you need to know

New AODA requirements are in effect now. Here's what you need to know

Under regulatory amendments that took effect July 1, all of an organization's employees and volunteers must now be trained on accessible customer service and how to interact with people with disabilities. "This is a significant shift," says Jennifer Threndyle, a WSPS consultant and AODA compliance expert. "Previously, only members of your organization who work with customers or create policies and procedures on how to interact with people with different disabilities required the training."

Jul 05, 2016
6 steps to take before Bill 132 comes into force on September 8

6 steps to take before Bill 132 comes into force on September 8

"Don't wait for September. Start preparing your workplace and your workforce now for Bill 132, Ontario's new sexual violence and harassment legislation, before it becomes enforceable," advises WSPS consultant Paul Hartford.

Jun 07, 2016
12 action items to implement ahead of the May-June falls blitz

12 action items to implement ahead of the May-June falls blitz

Eliminate hazards that could cause workers to slip, trip or fall - before a month-long Ministry of Labour inspection blitz begins on May 16. With assistance from WSPS consultant Shannon Boston, we've assembled a list of 12 possible action items to help you prepare for the blitz, entrench safe practices, and keep your employees healthy and safe.

Apr 04, 2016
Register now for WSPS' new MOL-approved JHSC certification training

Register now for WSPS' new MOL-approved JHSC certification training

As of March 1, 2016, new training requirements for certification of joint health and safety committee members take effect. WSPS, the first training provider to receive Ministry of Labour approval for both Part One and Part Two certification training, is standing by to help you act on these new requirements.

Feb 10, 2016
A 4-point compliance strategy for Ontario's new noise regulation

A 4-point compliance strategy for Ontario's new noise regulation

A new noise regulation taking effect July 1 will help workplaces better protect employees from the debilitating effects of noise-induced hearing loss. It's more prevalent than you may think. Noise-induced hearing loss claims in Ontario exceed $50 million a year.
Feb 10, 2016
New certification training requirements: 4 need-to-know changes

New certification training requirements: 4 need-to-know changes

Ontario's Ministry of Labour has just announced new certification training requirements for joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members that come into effect March 1, 2016. If your business has 20 or more employees, keep reading.

Oct 07, 2015
New CSA lift truck standard: your best practices guide to training and more

New CSA lift truck standard: your best practices guide to training and more

Employers now have a new tool for ensuring safe lift truck operation, courtesy of CSA B335-15 Safety standard for lift trucks. This comprehensive document covers the key elements of a lift truck safety program, including operator training, and qualifications for trainers and maintenance technicians.

May 13, 2015
What you need to know about Ontario's sexual violence and harassment action plan

What you need to know about Ontario's sexual violence and harassment action plan

Under Ontario's proposed new plan, employers will face requirements for preventing sexual harassment. Part of a broader social effort to protect people from sexual violence and harassment, these requirements will come with tools to help workplaces implement changes. Here's what you need to know.

Apr 08, 2015
Certification training: why one company isn't waiting for proposed changes

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Golf Town, a national retailer with 56 big box locations across the country, has embarked on an ambitious certification training program in Ontario. Why now, and not after the release of new certification training standards expected later this year? "Certification training is not about ticking a box or being in compliance," says Susan Gilpin, Golf Town's manager of human resources. "A key focus of ours is ensuring our associates are trained and understand the importance of safety within our stores."

Apr 08, 2015
Meet new WHMIS / GHS compliance deadlines with these 6 steps

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Manufacturers, importers and distributors of hazardous products now have a series of deadlines for complying with changes to Canada's Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) that have been in the works for years. These deadlines, published in a February issue of the Canada Gazette Part II, also apply to federally regulated employers. Employers under provincial and territorial jurisdiction can likely expect the same or slightly staggered deadlines.

Mar 06, 2015
New law makes employers responsible for temp and unpaid worker safety

New law makes employers responsible for temp and unpaid worker safety

If you hire temporary or unpaid workers, Ontario's just-proclaimed Bill 18, Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, has expanded your health and safety responsibilities. Some are already in effect. Here’s what you need to know.

Jan 12, 2015
H&S awareness training: are you missing out on

H&S awareness training: are you missing out on "one of the best tools available"?

Despite having free access to what WSPS account manager Brenda Vrooman describes as "one of the best tools available," some Ontario workplaces still haven't implemented mandatory health and safety awareness training for workers and supervisors. "I speak to WSPS member firms on a regular basis to make sure they've provided the training," says Vrooman, "and I'm getting wonderful feedback from businesses that have." This means businesses that haven't are missing out.

Dec 03, 2014
AODA update: January 1, 2015 is the next deadline

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If your workplace has 50 or more employees in Ontario, you have until January 1, 2015 to comply with a training requirement under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Not up to speed? "Take heart," says WSPS consultant Jennifer Threndyle. "With online tools and WSPS expertise, you can meet AODA deadlines and avoid the penalties some businesses are already paying."

Nov 06, 2014
Just released: MOL's new certification training standards. What you need to know

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Ontario's Ministry of Labour has released two new certification training standards expected to take effect in early 2015. The standards build on existing certification training requirements, and aim to ensure consistent, high-quality training delivered by qualified instructors who meet specific delivery requirements.

May 12, 2014
Court decision: jail terms may become the

Court decision: jail terms may become the "new norm" for fall protection cases

A recent sentencing decision involving the owner of a small roofing company suggests that the courts may be shedding their historical reluctance to impose jail terms in cases involving the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Jan 10, 2014
Ministry update: Deadline for health and safety awareness training is July 1, 2014

Ministry update: Deadline for health and safety awareness training is July 1, 2014

Further to an article that appeared in the November issue of Network News, Ontario's Ministry of Labour announced on November 15, 2013 that all workplaces covered under the Occupational Health and Safety Act must ensure that workers and supervisors have completed a basic health and safety awareness training program by July 1, 2014.

Nov 19, 2013
Mandatory awareness training: 4 essential facts to counter misinformation

Mandatory awareness training: 4 essential facts to counter misinformation

"There's a lot of misinformation out there about the proposed mandatory health and safety awareness training for workers and supervisors," reports Workplace Safety & Prevention Services consultant Kirsi Henry. "I'm hearing this directly from the customers I work with."

Nov 13, 2013
Compliance with AODA is not just about ramps and accessible doors. Find out what it means to you

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The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) contains a series of compliance deadlines that affect every employer in Ontario. The first deadline affecting private sector employers was December 31, 2012. In September, non-compliant employers began receiving notices from the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario warning of potentially severe penalties. Workplace Safety & Prevention services (WSPS) consultants are on stand-by to help you meet current obligations and prepare for what's next.

Nov 13, 2013
Appeal court triples fine: economic impact argument dismissed

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The Ontario Court of Appeal has sent a clear message that employers convicted of criminal negligence can expect to receive a substantial penalty. This tragic case involved a group of six workers who were repairing the balcony at a Toronto apartment using a suspended scaffold on Christmas Eve in 2009. It came apart when a seventh worker attempted to step onto the suspended scaffold, which tragically resulted in four workers falling to their deaths and another becoming seriously injured.

Sep 19, 2013
Watch out for misleading sales calls

Watch out for misleading sales calls

It's happening again. Or still. A business receives a phone call or visit from someone checking on a compliance matter. The person may be friendly or aggressive, but either way, the business is left with the impression that it may be falling short on its legal obligations. And guess who has the solution?

Jul 03, 2013
Member firm briefing: Ontario's prevention program review

Member firm briefing: Ontario's prevention program review

A review of Ontario’s prevention programming now underway could lead to changes that will benefit Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)’s member firms. HSO Network Magazine spoke with Cordelia Clarke Julien, director of training and safety programs in the Ministry of Labour’s recently established Prevention Office about the review and its anticipated contributions to health and safety in Ontario. Find out how your workplace could benefit from these changes.

Apr 22, 2013
Due diligence defence: the

Due diligence defence: the "unforeseeability" factor

Three recent court decisions acknowledge unforeseeability - the inability to anticipate the event that occurred - as a valid consideration for workplace parties mounting a due diligence defence.
Jan 22, 2013
Ontario proposes mandatory health and safety training

Ontario proposes mandatory health and safety training

The province’s Ministry of Labour is seeking input on a proposed regulation that would make specific training mandatory for all workplaces covered under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The first training to be specified: occupational health and safety awareness for workers and supervisors. The ministry anticipates filing the regulation by July 1, 2013, and having it come into force on January 1, 2014. Other types of mandatory training would follow.
Jan 22, 2013
Pleading guilty to criminal charges sets Ontario precedent

Pleading guilty to criminal charges sets Ontario precedent

A corporate guilty plea to criminal negligence following a fatal workplace incident marks the first such plea in Ontario, and sends a signal to workplaces that criminal prosecution is a reality in Ontario and poses serious consequences. In this case, the Crown prosecutor had asked for a $1 million penalty. There is no limit under the Criminal Code on the amount of a fine that may be imposed upon a corporation.
Jul 24, 2012
New Legislative Requirement for Ontario Workplaces

New Legislative Requirement for Ontario Workplaces

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has released a "Health & Safety at Work: Prevention Starts Here" poster that must be displayed in all workplaces effective immediately.
Jun 04, 2012
Bill 160 paves way for changes to health and safety system

Bill 160 paves way for changes to health and safety system

Over the next year, the province will be implementing changes to Ontario’s occupational health and safety system based on recommendations from the Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational Health and Safety. The panel made 46 recommendations, which the minister of labour accepted. To implement the recommendations, certain laws had to be amended. The government moved quickly to draft Bill 160, which was introduced to provincial parliament in March. The bill received Royal Assent on June 1.
Jun 29, 2011
Court Ruling: Every

Court Ruling: Every "Person" Counts When Reporting Injuries

A skier suffers a broken arm while skiing. A student is knocked unconscious during a physical education class. A patient dies in hospital. Aside from being unfortunate events, incidents such as these are generally not seen as attracting an obligation to report the matter to health and safety authorities. This is no longer the case as a result of a recent OHS decision. Circumstances leading to the decision, its potential ramifications, and practical steps that organizations may take to manage their obligations in such cases are discussed below.
Jun 29, 2011
Bill 160 introduces sweeping prevention amendments to Ontario

Bill 160 introduces sweeping prevention amendments to Ontario

Legislative amendments introduced by Labour Minister Charles Sousa earlier this month bring Ontario one step closer to what he describes as “the first major review and the largest overhaul of Ontario’s occupational health and safety system in 30 years.” The changes offer workplaces several benefits, including better access to health and safety resources.
Apr 07, 2011

Videos

Bill 160 - Implications

Bill 160 - Implications

Kevin B. Coon, a lawyer practicing in labour, employment and health & safety law, provides an overview of the implications of Bill 160 - a reform of the Occupational Health & Safety Act.

Jun 10, 2011