New Ontario Health & Safety at Work Guide

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This workbook explains your rights and responsibilities on the job and tells you what Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS Act) expects from your employer, your supervisor and you. These are things you need to know and understand so that you can be safe at work today and every day.

Everyone in the workplace, from the employer to the newest worker, has different but important duties to keep the workplace safe. Because employers have the most authority in the workplace, they have the greatest responsibility. But it’s important for your own safety that you understand everyone’s health and safety duties.

Prevention – preventing injuries and illnesses at work – starts here, with the things you learn in this guidebook, but it doesn’t end here. One of your employer’s duties under the OHS Act is to give you specific information and instructions on how to stay safe on your job. What you learn from this program will help you understand those instructions. We hope you will use what you learn here every day of your working life.

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