- Handling work refusals;
- Dealing with OHS inspectors;
- Conducting safety audits, incident investigations and hazard assessments;
- Running a safety training program;
- Interacting with your company’s Joint Health and Safety Committee;
- Overseeing the work of contractors; and
- Managing specific risks from hazardous chemicals to workplace violence.
These are just a few examples of the key health and safety functions that require an understanding of legal requirements. The problem is that you didn’t go to law school. And you can’t afford to have a lawyer at your beck and call. So how in the world are you supposed to handle all of the legal challenges you face on the job?
The purpose of this OHS Guide is to help you do precisely that.
How to use the OHS Guide
Used correctly, this OHS Guide is a resource that will help the safety professional determine what the law requires and implement the practical steps necessary to keep the company and all of its personnel—from officers and directors to supervisors and even workers themselves—in compliance.
So, how do you use this OHS Guide “correctly”?
The Guide contains literally hundreds of pages packed with dense information. Although you can if you want, we don’t recommend trying to read it page by page like a novel. The OHS Guide is a reference source designed to be consumed by section on a needs-related basis. When you have a problem, go to the relevant section of the Guide and it will help you explain the laws that you need to be aware of and the practical measures they require you to take.
Of course, to navigate this OHS Guide, you need to understand how it’s organized. The Guide is divided into 4 sections, or “Books”:
- Book 1 will provide a general overview of how health and safety laws, including provincial OHS laws, due diligence and other relevant laws like C-45, work and are enforced and explain what safety professionals need to understand to manage liability risks. Click here to download…
- Book 2 (coming soon) focuses on how specific workplace hazards are regulated in each part of Canada. It covers both traditional requirements like WHMIS, fall hazards and machine guarding and newly emerging ones such as ergonomics, working alone and workplace violence.
- In Book 3 (coming soon), shows you how to consider your OHS program from a financial perspective and make the business case necessary to enlist and retain the support of CEOs, CFOs and upper management.
- Book 4 (coming soon) shows you how to deal with specific legal requirements when carrying out the functions you must perform to maintain a safe and healthy workplace, including dealing with work refusals, conducting audits, etc.
Because the Books are organized around general themes, it may be hard to use their titles to find the exact information you want. So, if you’re looking for information about a specific topic, search within the Table of Contents. Once you find the topic you want, click on the link and you’ll be directed to the appropriate part of the Guide.