Ontario employers must hang new workplace notice

Date Posted
Mike Rich

In response to a recommendation from the Dean Report, the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) is rolling out a new poster that all employers must hang.

The Dean Report, conducted in 2010, is a series of recommendation to improve workplace health and safety. The report was put together by an advisory panel of employees, employers and academics.

The group was appointed by the MOL.

The Panel found that many workers had little or no understanding of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including their rights and obligations as workers or the obligations of employers and supervisors.

In one of its high priority recommendations, the Panel advised the Ministry of Labour to “create a health and safety poster that explains the key rights and responsibilities of the workplace parties, including how to obtain additional health and safety information and how to contact a Ministry of Labour inspector. It should be mandatory to post this in the workplace.”

The new poster, entitled Health & Safety at Work 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.

Employers can print the poster from the DOL’s webpage, but if they do so the posting must be a minimum of 8.5 x 11 inches in size.

To stay upon posting requirements Safety Services offers a labour law posting service. Through this service we send you any required postings or updates as needed.

For more information call 877-397-9450.

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