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What are my OHS duties & responsibilities?

Ontario employers (owners, general manager, commonly recognized "boss") have legal roles and responsibilities under a number of different pieces of legislation, including Ontario's Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA), and for some workplaces, the Canada Labour Code.

The (OHSA) is clear that you, as the employer, have the greatest responsibility, however, everyone has a role to play to ensure that health and safety requirements are met.

As an empoyer you have a duty to:

  • Comply with the laws
  • Develop safety rules
  • Train workers
  • Manage hazards
  • Provide safe equipment
  • Take every precaution reasonable
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