On October 1, 2012, Ontario Ministry of Labour inspectors will
begin enforcing employers' legal obligation to post the
MOL's new safety poster.
June 2012 post, we reported that The Ontario Ministry of Labour
had released the safety poster and that although employers were
legally required to post it immediately, the MOL said that it would
not being enforcing this obligation until October 1st.
The poster, which is available in 17 languages, is called
"Health and Safety at Work – Prevention Starts
Here". It may be downloaded and printed from the MOL's
Section 25(1)(i) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act
requires employers to "post, in the workplace, a copy of this
Act and any explanatory material prepared by the Ministry, both in
English and the majority language of the workplace, outlining the
rights, responsibilities and duties of workers". The MOL
states that the poster is such "explanatory material prepared
by the Ministry", and therefore it must be posted.
On its website, the MOL says, "The poster summarizes
workers' health and safety rights and responsibilities and the
responsibilities of employers and supervisors. It also reminds
employers that they must not take action against workers for
following the act or for raising workplace health and safety
concerns, and seeking enforcement of the OHSA. The poster
encourages workers to get involved in health and safety and
explains when and why to contact the Ministry of Labour."
The poster also sets out a toll-free number for employees to
call the MOL.
Ontario employers should put up the poster now. Inspectors
will look for it when they arrive at workplaces. By posting
the poster, employers send a signal to MOL inspectors that they are
on keeping on top of health and safety law developments.
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