On October 1, 2012, Ontario's Ministry of Labour will begin
enforcing a new workplace posting obligation under the
Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) which requires
all employers in Ontario to post a copy of its "Health &
Safety at Work – Prevention Starts Here" poster.
Designed to make workers more aware of occupational health and
safety rights and obligations under the OHSA, the poster must be
printed on legal-sized paper (8.5" x 14") and prominently
displayed at the workplace. It is available online or through ServiceOntario Publications upon payment of
shipping and handling charges. The poster summarizes workers'
health and safety rights and responsibilities, and the
responsibilities of employers and supervisors. It also reminds
workers that employers are prohibited from taking reprisals against
them for following the OHSA, raising workplace health and safety
concerns, or seeking enforcement of the OHSA. The poster encourages
workers to participate in health and safety and explains how to
contact the Ministry of Labour.
The poster is the newest addition to the pre-existing posting
obligations for employers in Ontario, which are summarized
Other Ontario Posting Requirements
Occupational Health and Safety Act
The OHSA. All Ontario employers are required
to post a copy of the entire OHSA in their workplaces. The OHSA is
available for downloading online. Hard copies may be ordered from
ServiceOntario Publications for C$8, plus HST.
Policies. Ontario employers with more than
five workers at the workplace must develop and post the following
policies in a conspicuous location at the workplace:
(i) occupational health and safety policy; (ii) workplace
harassment policy; and (iii) workplace violence policy.
Joint Health & Safety Committee
Information. Ontario employers with workplaces at which at
least 20 workers are regularly employed must establish a joint
health and safety committee and post the names and locations of the
committee members in a conspicuous location or where they are most
likely to come to the attention of the workers.
Employment Standards Act, 2000
"What You Should Know About The Ontario Employment
Standards Act" Poster. All Ontario employers are
required to post a legal-sized copy of this poster, which outlines
employees' rights and employers' responsibilities at work.
The poster is available online from the Ministry of Labour, or may be
ordered through ServiceOntario Publications upon payment of
shipping and handling charges.
Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997
"In Case of Injury at Work" Poster.
All Ontario employers are required to prominently display a
legal-sized copy of this poster in their workplace. Employers can
obtain the poster online or by contacting Ontario's
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board at 416-344-3862 or
Smoke-Free Ontario Act
No Smoking Signs. All Ontario employers must
post "No Smoking" signs at all entrances and exits of
enclosed workplaces to ensure that employees and the public know
that smoking is prohibited. The sign must (i) measure 10 cm by
10 cm; (ii) have a white background and the international no
smoking symbol; and (iii) bear the Trillium and Smoke-Free
Ontario logos. A copy of the sign meeting these requirements is
available online from the Ministry of Health
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