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Occupational Health and Safety – The Facts

Occupational Health and Safety Background Information:

Occupational Health and Safety

All the work places under the inspection jurisdiction of the WCB are legally required to meet with the OHS Regulations set out. Thus the only workplaces except are the mines and the ones federally chartered like the banks, inter provincial and international transportation, telephone systems as well as radio, television and cable services. The main purpose of such OHS Regulations is for the well being of the citizens. It makes sure that every step is taken to promote health and safety (as well as protect workers and other people) at workplaces from work related risks to their lives. It is only if the workers and employers cooperate and follow the requirements set out that these health and safety issues can be correctly dealt with.

Furthermore the board is in a constant process of reviewing the requirements of the OHS regulations. They also tend to incorporate change in technology and new findings at the work place within the regulations to make the workplace all the more safer.

Regulatory Requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation:

The Occupational Health and Safety Training are all set to change starting July 1st 2014. As per their new regulations there several issues that the employers, workers and supervisors should be aware off as mentioned below:

Employer’s related:

  • The employers are required to ensure that their employees (workers) have gone through the basic occupational health and safety awareness program.
  • It is also necessary to make sure that the supervisors go through the basic occupational health and safety awareness program within a week of starting on the job.
  • It is important to maintain an accurate record of the detailed training completed by each worker and supervisor.
  • The employer is entitled to provide their employees with a certificate of some sort stating that they have completed the training if and when requested by a current employee.

Worker’s training related requirements:

  • The training should include information on their duties and rights as per the OHSA.
  • This should also include the common work place hazards and occupational illnesses.
  • They should be informed of the role of the joint health and safety committees (JHSCs) and of the health and safety representatives under OHSA.
  • The Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) regulation also have a set of instructions and requirements that the workers should be aware off.

Supervisor’s training related requirements:

  • The training should include information on their duties and rights as per the OHSA.
  • It is important that the supervisors be trained to identify and assess & manage workplace hazards.
  • They should also be informed about the role of the joint health and safety committees (JHSCs) and of the health and safety representatives under OHSA.
  • It is equally important to inform them about the roles of the ministry, workplace safety and insurance board (WSIB) and the health and safety associations.

Offshore Health and Safety Act has received Royal Assent:

It was announced by the Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (Canada), Greg Rickford that the Government’s Offshore Health and Safety Act has received Royal Assent.

This Act has been developed to ensure the safety of the offshore workers, increase transparency, clarify the roles and responsibilities and cover workers in transit to offshore platforms and also provide enforcement powers for occupational health and safety officers. The facts of this new legislations in a nut shell are as below:

  • It places authority for occupational health and safety within the Accord Acts.
  • Makes the roles and responsibilities of the employers and employees, regulators, governments, etc. crystal clear.
  • Enables the occupational health and safety officers to inspect and investigate and also order actions in case of dangerous situations without any obstructions.
  • The offshore petroleum boards are granted authority to disclose information to the public related to health and safety.
  • Also makes sure that the workers in transit to or from offshore platforms are also accounted for under the occupational health and safety regime.

Occupational Health and Safety Act:

The new Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training act introduced by the Ontario Government (Ontario Reg. 297/13) makes it mandatory for the employers to provide health and safety awareness training to their employees at the earliest possible opportunity. This act came into effect on the 1st of July 2014.

Conclusion for Occupational Health and Safety:

Occupational Health and Safety is also a evolving process. It is not fixed and does change as per the changes implemented in the industries and due to many other factors like technological changes. This article is meant to make you aware of such matters and to provide answers to common questions like “What is health and safety regulation?” , or “Why do we have health and safety regulations?“. It also makes sure that are aware of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.

How Safety First consulting help you:

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This is where Safety First consulting comes in. Safety First Consulting is one firm that can provide the answers to all your questions. They are well equipped and highly experienced set of professionals who have the knowledge on several different types of industries. Their certified professionals make sure that you remain updated with the new rules, regulations and acts set by the Government. Over the years they have developed a keen eye to spot and highlight the issues and situations that are potentially hazardous and thus have gained the upper edge.

The professionals at Safety Consulting can show you how to navigate the sometimes technical and often confusing OSHA regulations. They can help you figure out what regulations apply in your workplace and what you need to do to comply. Just know About us, take one of our classes, or request a Contact us form.

About the Author

Sophie MooreSophie Moore is a Digital Marketing Analyst, in charge of many digital marketing projects that involve SEO, Social Media and mobile web strategy. Moore has a background in IT, strong experience on website development and web interface, degrees in both traditional and digital marketing at Duke University, North Carolina.

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