Celebrating 150 Years of Health & Safety in Ontario
Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S)
Ontario’s Occupational Health And Safety (OH&S) legislation was originally modeled after the British Factory Act of the 17th century. The Factory Act of 1884 was the first industrial safety legislation in Ontario. The Factory Act of Ontario remained vague, unenforceable and biased toward production and the employer for the next 80 years.
Other notable milestones in Ontario’s health & safety history include:
As a part of #PSHSA150, we want to know how health & safety has changed in your workplace. Let us know in 300 words or less in the comment box below, and we will select 5 submissions to win a Canada 150 flag. Submissions are due by July 7.
What’s Next for Ontario
As PSHSA continues to work with Ontario’s public and broader public sector workers and employers, we strive to keep Ontario’s workers healthy and safe while on the job. There are many emerging occupational health & safety hazards in the workplace. PSHSA believes that, through engagement with partners and researchers, we will be able to continue to develop innovative, leading edge occupational health and safety solutions. Some of our current initiatives addressing emerging issues are:
PTSD in First Responders PSHSA has developed an online toolkit at www.firstrespondersfirst.ca with PTSD resources that are tailored to meet the needs of employers within the First Responder community. Learn More
Workplace Violence in Healthcare PSHSA has been demonstrating thought leadership and addressing some of the most challenging and complex issues related to workplace violence. By working with Healthcare consultants, employer and labour groups, the Ministry of Labour, senior leaders, managers and front line staff, PSHSA is working to provide tools and resources for organizations to address this prevalent issue. Learn More
Mental Health With the release of the 2013 National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, organizations have been seeking support to address the hazard and implement successful prevention approaches within their Health and Safety program. Learn More about PSHSA Mental Health Resources
Workplace Fatigue Fatigue has been identified as an emerging hazard, and as workplaces begin to understand the impact that it can have on safety and productivity they are looking for solutions. Learn More
City of Toronto Archives, Globe and Mail fonds, Fonds 1266, Item 20991.
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City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 200, Series 372, Subseries 32, Item 889.
City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 1008.
City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 200, Series 372, Subseries 32, Item 962.
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