On October 1, 2012, Ontario Ministry of Labour inspectors began
enforcing employers' legal obligation to post the MOL's new
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
website (click here).
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
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 ensure that the poster has been posted
in their workplace. 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
FMC is one of Canada's leading business and litigation law
firms with more than 500 lawyers in six full-service offices
located in the country's key business centres. We focus on
providing outstanding service and value to our clients, and we
strive to excel as a workplace of choice for our people. Regardless
of where you choose to do business in Canada, our strong team of
professionals possess knowledge and expertise on regional, national
and cross-border matters. FMC's well-earned reputation for
consistently delivering the highest quality legal services and
counsel to our clients is complemented by an ongoing commitment to
diversity and inclusion to broaden our insight and perspective on
our clients' needs. Visit:
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
Specific Questions relating to this article should be addressed directly to the author.
Back in July 2012, we covered "PVYW v Comcare" (No 2),  FCA 395, which concerned an employee in the HR department of an Australian government agency who was injured on a work-related trip to a country town in New South Wales.
Bill 168, the 2010 amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act recognized the importance of maintaining workplaces free from violence and harassment and required employers to develop and implement workplace violence and harassment policies.