Occupational Health and Safety

Workers’ health and safety is protected under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations. It is vital for businesses and organizations to ensure compliance with their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act or risk steep regulatory fines. Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, employers are legally obligated to instruct, inform and supervise workers to protect their health and safety. These obligations include: appointing competent persons as supervisors; informing employees about any hazard in the workplace and training employees in the safe handling, storage, use, disposal and transport of any equipment, substances, tools, material; help joint health and safety committees and health and safety representatives to carry out their functions; in workplaces in which more than five workers are regularly employed, prepare a written occupational health and safety policy, review that policy at least once a year and set up and maintain a program to implement it; prepare policies with respect to workplace violence and workplace harassment and review them at least once a year; regardless of how many workers they employ, develop programs supporting workplace harassment and workplace violence policies and include measures and procedures for workers to report incidents of workplace harassment and workplace violence, and set out how the employer will investigate and deal with incidents or complaints, among others.

The lawyers at James Lawyers are knowledgeable, experienced and well-respected in the area of occupational health and safety. We are leaders in advising businesses and organizations regarding their Occupational Health and Safety obligations.

We invite you to contact one of our experienced workplace lawyers to discuss your needs today.