Employers across Ontario will soon be required to post in the
workplace a new awareness poster released by the Ministry of Labour
(MOL): "Health and Safety at Work – Prevention
Starts Here". The new requirement falls under the Ontario
Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and MOL inspectors will begin
enforcing this requirement as of October 1, 2012.
summarizes health and safety rights and responsibilities of
workers, employers and supervisors;
encourages workers to get involved in health and safety at the
explains when and why to contact the Ministry; and,
reminds employers that they must not take action against
workers for following the OHSA or for raising health and safety
The development and creation of this poster resulted from a
report released by an Expert Advisory Panel in December 2010
("the Panel"). The Panel, appointed by the Minister of
Labour in March 2010, consulted extensively with stakeholders
across the province to review Ontario's occupational health and
safety system and identify structural and operational
Their findings indicated that many workers had little or no
understanding of the OHSA, including their rights and obligations
as workers, and the responsibilities of their employers and
supervisors. The creation of a mandatory health and safety poster
was one of the Panel's 46 recommendations.
Post the safety poster today
All employers will need to adhere to the OHSA's new
requirement and download, print and post the new health and safety
poster in the workplace.
The OHSA can perform random workplace inspections, and they will
look to see that your workplace health and safety posters are
displayed. Don't wait until October to post this new awareness
poster at your workplace. It is free to download and will show the
MOL and your employees that health and safety is important to
The poster is available in 17 different languages and can be
downloaded for free on the MOL's website.
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