The Ontario Ministry of Labour has announced that employers can
now obtain a free new workplace poster entitled "Health &
Safety at Work - Prevention Starts Here." The new poster must
be posted in the workplace and the Ministry has announced that
inspectors will begin enforcing this requirement effective October
The new poster outlines workers' health and safety rights
and responsibilities as well as the responsibilities of employers
and supervisors under the Occupational Health and Safety
Act (OHSA). It was created as part of the Ministry of
Labour Expert Advisory Panel's recommendations released in
Under the OHSA, employers are required to post a copy of the Act
and any explanatory material prepared by the Ministry. The new
poster is part of such explanatory material and must be posted.
The Ministry has confi rmed that the poster is available online
in 17 languages in PDF format. It can be downloaded and printed in
black and white, or in colour, and must be at least 8.5 x 11
inches. Employers can download the new poster at Poster: Health
& Safety At Work - Prevention Starts Here.
A limited number of posters are also available through the
Ministry of Labour's health and safety partners in English and
Employers are encouraged to ensure that a copy of the new poster
is posted in the workplace as soon as possible in order to avoid
potential enforcement for non-compliance. Enforcement by the
Ministry of Labour may result in the receipt of compliance orders
and/or potential prosecution under the OHSA, which carries a
potential penalty of $500,000 for corporations upon Conviction.
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