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KNOW THE LAWS: When OHS Inspectors Can Enter Workplaces

KNOW THE LAWS: When OHS Inspectors Can Enter Workplaces

According to the OHS law in each jurisdiction, safety inspectors are permitted to enter workplaces or worksites to carry out their duties:

FED At any reasonable time [Canada Labour Code, Sec. 141(1)].
AB At any reasonable hour [OHS Act, Sec. 8(1)(a)].
BC 1) At a reasonable hour of the day or night; or2) At any other time if the officer has reasonable grounds for believing that a situation exists that is or may be hazardous to workers [Workers’ Compensation Act, Sec. 179(2)].
MB 1) At any reasonable time; or2) Where in the safety and health officer’s opinion a situation exists that is or may be dangerous at any time [Workplace Safety and Health Act, Sec. 24(1)].
NB At any reasonable hour [OHS Act, Sec. 28(1)(a)].
NL At a reasonable hour [OHS Act, Sec. 26(1)(a)].
NT/NU At any reasonable time [Safety Act, Sec. 9(3)].
NS At a reasonable hour of the day or night [OHS Act, Sec. 47(a)].
ON At any time [OHS Act, Sec. 54(1)(a)].
PE At anyreasonable time [OHS Act, Sec. 7(1)(a)].
QC At any reasonable hour of the day or night [An Act respecting occupational health and safety, Sec. 179].
SK At any reasonable time of day or night [OHS Act, Sec. 72(1)(a)].
YT At any reasonable time [OHS Act, Sec. 32(2)(a) and 33(1)].