Health and Safety- Duties of an Employer

Apr 24, 2018 Uncategorised


As a business owner, have you taken a close look at the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and figured out what you are responsible for? Health and Safety in the workplace is everyone’s business, and as such you should understand all duties the Ministry of Labour (MOL) expects employers to uphold.

OHSA section 25 and section 26 specifies the duties given to you as an employer. Here are a few highlights:

  • Comply with all regulations made under OHSA
  • Take all reasonable precautions to protect the health and safety of workers
  • Ensure that equipment, materials and protective equipment are maintained in good condition
  • Provide information, instruction and supervision to protect worker health and safety
  • Develop and implement an occupational health and safety program and policy
  • Carry out training programs for workers, supervisors, and committee members as needed

Make sure you read Section 25 and 26 to see all regulations.

The idea of OHSA is to minimize the potential for accidents in the workplace by keeping everyone informed. All owners, supervisors, and workers, should be informed about the hazards in your specific industry and be trained properly to understand and avoid potential risks.


So how do you go about complying with all the regulations under OHSA?

First, make sure you download our free checklists to make sure you are in compliance. Depending on the number of workers employed by your company, different regulations apply:

Health & Safety Checklist for companies with 1-5 employees

Health & Safety Checklist for companies with 6-19 employees

Health & Safety Checklist for companies with 20+ employees

Once you have gone through the checklist, you will have a better understanding on what’s missing from you business when it comes to safety. Having that checklist successfully completed will help keep everyone informed and in compliance. If you are looking for training, Industrial Safety Trainers provide a large range of training courses to suit your needs. We offer our courses privately (only for your company) or in a public classroom setting. We can also help with your occupational health and safety program and policy. Call us at 1-800-219-8660 or send us a message if you want to know more.

Ask us about having one of our consultants visit you at your site or place of business and provide you with a consultation at no charge.

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