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New mandatory health and safety poster issued in Ontario

Toronto, ON – Ontario employers can obtain a new workplace poster, ‘Health & Safety at Work: Prevention Starts Here’, from the province’s Ministry of Labour (MOL) website in English, French and 15 other languages.


Toronto, ON – Ontario employers can obtain a new workplace poster, ‘Health & Safety at Work: Prevention Starts Here’, from the province’s Ministry of Labour (MOL) website in English, French and 15 other languages.

Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires employers to post in the workplace a copy of the act and any explanatory material prepared by the Ministry outlining the rights, responsibilities, and duties of workers. Beginning October 1, 2012, Ministry of Labour inspectors will be looking specifically for this poster in Ontario workplaces.

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 OHSA or for raising workplace health and safety concerns and seeking compliance with the act.

The poster encourages workplace parties to get involved in health and safety. It also explains when and why to contact the Ministry of Labour regarding workplace health and safety.

The poster is now available online in pdf format in 17 languages at http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pubs/posterinfo.php. Posters can be printed in black-and-white or in colour and must be displayed letter size (8.5 x 11 inches) or larger. Free printed copies (English and French versions) will be available from ServiceOntario Publications shortly.

‘Health & Safety at Work: Prevention Starts Here’ joins other documents that must be displayed at workplaces — documents such as workplace violence and workplace harassment policies developed by the employer, a copy of the OHSA and explanatory materials and written occupational health and safety policy.