Health and safety: Always on the job

February 7, 2013 - Tags: Employers Regulations

Every day you face the challenge of making your workplace safe and keeping your employees healthy and injury free. By staying safe, you also control costs and keep your business productive. Following the rules set out by regulatory bodies is one of the simplest ways for you to achieve that important goal.

Health and safety at work is evolving in Ontario. The new year has brought a number of new requirements aimed at improving both your own safety and the safety of your employees.

As of January 1, 2013 you need to display the new, mandatory Health & Safety at Work: Prevention Starts Here poster in your workplace. The poster has to be displayed in English and in any other language used in your workplace. Ensuring that all the people working in your business have information on their rights and responsibilities in a language they understand means everyone can work together to keep your workplace safe. Getting the poster is as simple as downloading a copy in a printer friendly format, in any of 17 languages. When inspectors on Inspection Blitzes check to see if you are complying with the new regulation, you will be ready.

If you are part of the Ontario construction sector you also saw new requirements for workplace insurance coverage come into effect this year. This is an important change, designed to improve safety and health for you, the business owner and everyone else working on your construction site. These changes affect you if you carry on a construction business as:

  • An independent operator
  • A sole proprietor
  • A partner in a partnership
  • An executive officer in a corporation

To find out if you are complying with the Mandatory coverage in the construction industry, and what your registration and reporting obligations are as well as any possible exemption for your construction business you can contact the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

Need more information about health and safety in the workplace? You can explore topics on Human resources regulations and Workplace health and safety in our online resources.

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