Health and Safety Act (OHSA)
The Occupational Health and Safety Act sets out minimum
health and safety standards for workplaces in Ontario. Employers
are required by law to post a copy of the Act in the workplace.
It is based on the principle that employers and employees
share responsibility for workplace safety.
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Regulations are a detailed set of rules that explain how
the general provisions, specified in the Act, must be applied.
Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA)
The WSIA sets out Ontario’s no-fault accident insurance
system for work-related injuries or illness.
Downloads: Resource Guides
Space - Frequently Asked Questions (260 KB)
The confined space requirements in the existing Industrial,
Care and Mining Regulations have changed. The Ministry of
Labour has updated
the requirements by amending each of the sector specific regulations.
Publication Date: August 2006
Management Statute Law Amendment Act, 2006 (formerly Bill
56) - Frequently Asked Questions (98 KB)
The Emergency Management
Statute Law Amendment Act is now law. All Ontario employers,
employees, business owners and organizations may potentially
be impacted by the new legislation if an emergency is declared.
Publication Date: July 2006
Complying with your legal responsibilities as detailed under
Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act
is crucial. By completing our confidential Legislative
Compliance Questionnaire you’ll find out what your key
responsibilities are, how well you’re doing, and where
you need to focus your efforts to ensure that you’re
Compliance Questionnaire (151 KB PDF)
This questionnaire is based on requirements of complying with
basic aspects of Ontario's Occupational
Health and Safety Act and its related regulations.
Use this questionnaire to assess how compliant your workplace
is and as a guide to determine where there are gaps in your
health and safety program.
Publication Date: January 2007
Compliance Questionnaire - Small Business Centre
– Legislative Components
Ontario Introduces New Legislation to Tackle Workplace Violence
Bill 168, An Act to amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act with respect to violence and harassment in the workplace and other matters, will significantly impact workplaces in the province of Ontario.
Announces Lower Noise Limits
As of July 1, 2007, Ontario’s noise exposure limit for
industrial workers will drop from 90 dBA for an eight-hour
period to a time-weighted average of 85 dBA. This resource
Includes the new Ministry of Labour Guideline: Amendments
to Noise Requirements In the Regulation for Industrial Establishments
& Oil and Gas-Offshore.
Notice to Federally Regulated Organizations:
New Law - Hazard Prevention Program Regulation Passed
C-45 - Criminal Liability of Organizations
Organizations will now become criminally liable for any actions,
or inactions, that result in serious harm to any employee
or member of the public.