Employers have compliance obligations set forth by prescribed legislation, including the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA). In order to ensure that employees are healthy and safe in their workplace environment, employers are required to comply with specific regulations and standards for the safety of its workplace.
Being uninformed and ignorant of your legal responsibilities as an employer is not a defence for non-compliance. In order to avoid liability, it is crucial that employers continuously monitor and update their compliance requirements. The Ministry of Labour may prosecute and fine employers for any contravention of the Occupational Health and Safety Act or failing to comply with an order by an inspector, director or the minister.
General duty to provide a safe workplace
This includes ensuring that machinery and equipment are safe for employees to use and developing procedures for handling emergency situations.
Duty to develop and implement policies and programs to prevent and eliminate workplace violence and workplace harassment
In addition to creating adequate workplace violence and harassment policies and programs to combat workplace violence and harassment, employers have an obligation to appropriately investigate workplace harassment incidents and complaints.