February 12, 2018

4 things you need to know about the Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Legislation

What is the Justice Laws Website?
The Justice Laws Website provides an official consolidation, or updated version, of the federal Acts and regulations maintained by the Department of Justice as a convenient way for the public to view the state of the law, without having to carry out research and put together the various amended provisions.
What is the Canadian occupational health and safety legislation?
  • The Occupational health and safety (OH&S) legislation in Canada outlines the general rights and responsibilities of the employer, the supervisor and the worker through an Act or statute and related regulations.
  • Regulations made under an Act define the application and enforcement of an Act, where each of the ten provinces, three territories and the federal government has its own OH&S legislation.
  • There is special ‘right-to-know’ legislation that applies to hazardous products. It actually comprises a series of complementary federal, provincial and territorial laws and regulations collectively called the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). It is a comprehensive plan for providing information on hazardous products intended for use in workplaces.
  • The WHMIS applies in all Canadian workplaces which are covered by occupational health and safety legislation and where WHMIS regulated hazardous products are used.

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