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Getting Started

A safe and healthy workplace is everyone's responsibility.

As an employer, you have legal responsibilities and must take all reasonable precautions to protect the health and safety of your workers. As an employee, you are expected to comply with safety regulations and report any hazards or defective equipment.

This section will provide you with the resources you need to "get started" on the path to health and safety. You can order or download an item by clicking the product image or title.

 

Health & Safety Policy and Program

The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires every workplace with more than five employees to have a written health & safety policy and a program to implement that policy. Whether you need to develop a new policy and program or update your existing one, you will find helpful resources and sample documents in the Health & Safety Policy and Program section of the website.

 

Products

 

B045 – Contractor's Toolkit

The Contractor's Toolkit can help firms develop or improve their health and safety progam. It contains resources to help you comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Construction Regulations as well as Ministry of Labour audits and inspections. Revised August 2012.

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P022 – Danger Due To Poster

Weather-resistant plastic. 17” x 22” poster.

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P093 – Danger Work Overhead Poster

Weather-resistant plastic. 17” x 22” poster.

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P103 – Emergency Response Poster

All the information you need in case of an emergency. 11” x 17” poster.

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P042 – Fall Protection Poster – Vinyl (Large)

The largest version of the fall protection posters measures 17" x 22" and is printed on weather- and UV-resistant vinyl. It conveys the message, "Tie Off: Falls Are Killing Us". Full colour.

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P029 – Health and Safety Representative Poster

Helps identify the health and safety representative on your project. 17” x 22” poster.

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P041 – Joint Health and Safety / Worker Trades Committee Poster

Helps identify joint health and safety and worker trades committee members on your project. Printed back-to-back. 17” x 22”.

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IHSA017 – Product Catalogue

IHSA's Product Catalogue contains a comprehensive listing of our health and safety merchandise. Our products range from books, manuals, log books, stickers, decals, posters, and many other support products that can help your company ensure a safer working environment. 40 pages. 2013 edition.

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IHSA028 – Q&A on Occupational Health and Safety Awareness Training

This poster helps explain the new regulation that will require health and safety awareness training for every worker and supervisor under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Full Colour PDF. 11" x 17"

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V005 – Safety Talks Manual

The Safety Talks manual covers a wide variety of safety topics. By presenting the information in a concise and easily digestible format, you can prevent an injury or save a life in just 5 minutes. Revised March, 2016.

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Training

 

Safety Talks

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 
1. You are automatically a member of IHSA if you are employed with a firm that pays premiums to the WSIB in Ontario in one of the following rate groups:
  • 134 – Aggregates
  • 497 – Ready-Mix Concrete
  • 551 – Air Transport Industries
  • 553 – Air Transport Services
  • 560 – Warehousing
  • 570 – General Trucking
  • 577 – Courier
  • 580 – Miscellaneous Transportation
  • 584 – School Buses
  • 681 – Lumber/Builders Supply
  • 689 – Waste Materials Recycling
  • 704 – Electrical and Incidental Construction
  • 707 – Mechanical and Sheet Metal
  • 711 – Road Building and Excavation
  • 719 – Inside Finishing
  • 723 – ICI Construction
  • 728 – Roofing
  • 732 – Heavy Civil Construction
  • 737 – Millwrighting and Welding
  • 741 – Masonry
  • 748 – Formwork and Demolition
  • 751 – Siding and Outside Finishing
  • 764 – Homebuilding
  • 830 – Power and Telecommunication Lines
  • 833 – Electric Power Generation
  • 835 – Oil, Power and Water Distribution
  • 838 – Natural Gas Distribution
 

IHSA members are entitled to receive our products and training courses at a reduced rate or free of charge. To confirm your membership status, please contact our Customer Service Department.

Phone: (905) 625-0100 Toll Free: 1-800-263-5024 Fax: (905) 625-8998

 
2. Construction employers are required by law to have the following items posted in the workplace:
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations for Construction Projects (Q005 available from IHSA)
  • Company's Health and Safety Policy
  • Workplace Violence and Harassment Policies
  • Any Ministry of Labour (MOL) inspector's orders and reports
  • Written emergency procedure (refer to Emergency Response Planning (B030) and Emergency Response Poster (P103) available from IHSA)
  • MOL Health and Safety at Work–Prevention Starts Here poster
  • MOL notification form if the project is valued at more than $50,000 or falls under one of the other conditions in Section 6 of the construction regulation (Ontario Regulation 213/91)
  • Address and phone number of nearest MOL office
  • DANGER signs in hazardous areas (P022 available from IHSA)
  • Location of toilet facilities
  • Valid certificate of first aider on duty
  • Name, trade, and employer of Health and Safety Representative or Joint Health and Safety Committee members, if applicable. (See P029 or P041 available from IHSA)
 
3. It is the duty of an employer to "provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker to protect the health or safety of the worker." (Section 25(2)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act)

Specific training requirements depend on the type of construction work you do and the types of hazards you face on a site. Download the Training Requirements Chart for a list of all required training in Ontario.

Every worker should receive Fall Protection (Working at Heights) and WHMIS training, since there is the possibility that they may be exposed to a fall hazard or a hazardous substance.

For the legal requirements of Fall Protection training, refer to Section 26 of the Construction Regulations.

For the legal requirements of WHMIS training, refer to Section 42 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Sections 6-7 of the WHMIS Regulation.

 
4. The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires a Joint Health and Safety Committee of at least two members on any construction project where either of the conditions below applies:
  • Where between twenty and forty-nine workers are regularly employed and the project is expected to last more than three months.
  • Where contractors maintain shops in which the workforce regularly exceeds twenty.
  • At a workplace, other than a construction project, in which the workforce is fewer than twenty but a regulation concerning designated substances applies.
  • At a workplace to which the regulation concerning toxic substances applies.
 

On projects with fifty or more workers lasting more than three months, a Joint Health and Safety Committee of at least four (4) members must be established. At least one worker and one management representative on the committee must be 'certified' by the WSIB by completing certain training courses. (See What is 'certification'?)

On projects with fifty (50) or more workers lasting more than three (3) months, the Joint Health and Safety Committee can establish a Worker Trades Committee made up of at least one worker representative from each trade at the workplace. This committee would report to the JHSC regarding health and safety concerns of the workers in each trade.

(For more information, download the Health and Safety Representatives and Committee Requirements chart from the "Legal Responsibilities" chapter of our Construction Health and Safety Manual.)

 
5. The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires a health and safety representative on any project or other workplace where either or the conditions below applies:
  • Where between six and nineteen workers are regularly employed and the work is expected to last more than three months. (For twenty or more workers, see the requirements for Joint Health and Safety Committee)
  • Where six or more workers are regularly employed and the project is expected to last less than three months.
  • Where contractors maintain shops in which between six and nineteen workers are regularly employed and a regulation concerning designated substances does not apply.
 

(For more information, download the Health and Safety Representatives and Committee Requirements chart from the "Legal Responsibilities" chapter of our Construction Health and Safety Manual.

 
6. Visit the ServiceOntario website to access the information, services and resources you need to start and run a construction project.

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