Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)

Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)

December 31, 2012

The OHSA is a set of laws that stipulates the duties of employers, supervisors and the rights and duties of workers. The OHSA also includes Regulations which are more detailed laws on how to make the workplace safe in specific situations. For example, several Regulations explain what is needed to work safely with chemicals and other hazardous materials. This includes training, warning labels on products and information sheets. There are also Regulations for different types of workplaces such as, construction projects, health care facilities, industrial establishments and mines.

What to look for – What to ask

Your employer must post the OHSA and other health and safety information in your workplace such as, an occupational health and safety poster. Look for the posted names of your health and safety representative or joint health and safety committee members – people you can talk to if you need help. If your workplace has more than 5 workers, your employer has to post the company health and safety policy.
If you can’t find any of this information in your workplace, talk to your supervisor about it. Health and safety is an important part of your job. You can also talk to the people you work with and benefit from each other’s experience.

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