Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)
The Occupational Health and Safety Act provides us with the legal framework and the tools to achieve this goal. It sets out the rights and duties of all parties in the workplace. It establishes procedures for dealing with workplace hazards and it provides for enforcement of the law where compliance has not been achieved voluntarily by workplace parties.
The Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Act governs the administration of the province’s workplace insurance regime, including revenue generation through fees and levies on registered firms and claims administration for injured workers. Although only a quasigovernment agency, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board is perhaps second only to the federal income tax administration in terms of its impact on individual businesses and organizations. Understanding the WSIB employer requirements is vital to cost control and effective employee management.
Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSC) and Health and Safety Representatives in the Workplace
This resource has been prepared to help the workplace parties understand some of their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and regulations. It is not legal advice. It is not intended to replace the OHSA or the regulations.
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is Canada’s national hazard communication standard. The key elements of the system are cautionary labelling of containers of WHMIS “controlled products”, the provision of material safety data sheets (MSDSs) and worker education and training programs.