As you may know, Bill 168 amends the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) and requires employers to implement workplace violence and harassment policies. In addition, employers are required to implement policies to deal with risks which are indentified through workplace risk assessments. Such risk assessments are required to be conducted, at least, annually in all of an employer’s work locations. Employers must be in compliance with the OHSA by June 15, 2010.
The penalties for breaching the OSHA can be up to $500,000 for a corporation and up to $25,000 for an individual, in respect of each violation. Individuals may also be subject to imprisonment for a period of up to 1 year.
In order to assist you in understanding and meeting your legal obligations, in creating policies, conducting workplace risk assessments and training, Mathews Dinsdale has assembled a Workplace Risk Assessment Practice Group. Please contact the lawyer you regularly deal with or one of the following members of the Practice Group:
Paula M. Rusak
Mark D. Mills
M. Elizabeth Keenan