Health and Safety Policy

The Occupational Health and Safety Act places many duties on construction employers. One of the duties is to have a written health and safety policy. Section 25(2)(j) of the Act requires employers (with more than 5 employees) to prepare a policy, to set up a program to implement the policy, and to review the program and sign the policy at least once a year.

The health and safety policy should be a straightforward statement of senior management's commitment to workplace safety and health. It should be broad enough to cover all aspects of the company's activities. There are no hard and fast rules about what to include in a policy. Create one that suits your company and your views on health and safety.

Sample policies are included in this element. You'll also find links to other related elements and links to existing resources.


Sample Policies


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Links to existing IHSA and MOL material



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.


Last Updated: March 12, 2020