A Practical Guide to Occupational Health and Safety Compliance in Ontario Fourth Edition

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Know how to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (O.H.S.A.) and regulations to avoid worker injury, promote safety, and avoid potential costly employer liability or criminal infractions.

Various sections of the Act are discussed, including:

  • Health and safety representatives and joint Health and Safety Committees
  • Duties of workplace stakeholders, the definition of each stakeholder is presented, and their duties created in law by the OH&S Act are summarized
  • The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
  • The right of workers to refuse to do unsafe work
  • Developing an effective health and safety management system, including training programs, and document management
  • The authority of government inspectors to inspect workplaces and investigate accidents
  • The high fines that are imposed on employers who fail to comply with the OH&S Act and more

New updates for the fourth edition include:

  • Ontario's new health and safety awareness training regulation, Occupational Health, and Safety Awareness and Training, O. Reg. 297/13, which comes into force on July 1, 2014
  • Transferral of authority and administration of the joint health and safety committee certification program from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to the Ministry of Labour
  • Review of the 2011 Bill 160 amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act including the appointment of Ontario's first Chief Prevention Officer
  • Summary of new prosecution cases including the highest fine ever imposed under Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)
  • Bill C-45: Ten years later
  • Implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) in Canada and internationally
  • Ontario's workplace violence and harassment provisions set out in Part III.0.1 of the OHSA
  • The Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Blue Mountain Resorts Ltd. V. Ontario
  • Ontario's 12 designated substances regulations replaced with two new designated substances regulations


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