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Legislation

The legislation governing workplaces in Ontario is known as the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The "Act" is the LAW and is common to all workplaces regardless of the type of work being done. Construction has a specific set of regulations (the "do's and don'ts") known as the "Regulations for Construction Projects."

In this section we will identify some of the common legislated requirements that can affect the quality of your health and safety program and compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. One section of the "Act" states "An employer shall prepare and review at least annually a written occupational health and safety policy and develop and maintain a program to implement that policy."

When developing a safety program it is important to remember the following items:

  • Is health and safety legislation/regulations considered during the job planning process?
  • Are copies of relevant legislation posted and available at each workplace?
  • Are workers aware of their rights and responsibilities and how to exercise them?
  • Does your employer's accident reporting program meet legislated requirements?
 

The sample checklist included in this element provides a list of items required by legislation that must be posted or available on jobsites. This checklist includes only the minimum requirements, always check the Act and the Regulations for Construction Projects for the legislative requirements of the specific job you are going to undertake. IHSA offers courses and information for workers, supervisors and management to help recognize their rights and obligations regarding construction health and safety regulations.

 

Sample

 

Links to existing IHSA and MOL material

 
Caution/Disclaimer

The samples provided are intended to be modified to meet company or site-specific requirements. Without such modifications, they may not be appropriate. Although IHSA believes that the information provided is consistent with the legal requirements and/or good industry practices which prevailed at the time the information was compiled, users of this information are urged to check with current regulations, local/trade practices and the most recent edition of the reference material to ensure that it is still appropriate.


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