Our employees are our most valuable resource, therefore protecting employee health and safety in the workplace is the number one responsibility of any business owner.
The minimum standard in a commercial or industrial workplace is compliance with the following
Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and regulations, Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, Reg. 1101 First Aid Requirements, Smoke-Free Ontario Act, Ontario Fire Code, Building Code Act, Fire Protection and Prevention Act,
The legislation governing each of these areas depends on the type of business, the size of the business and the number of employees in both the office and manufacturing/warehouse locations.
The larger the industrial/commercial complex the stricter the workplace safety requirements will be. For example, a company may be required to have a separate first aid room and a minimum standard of first aid equipment.
The Ontario Government guidelines for protecting employee health and safety in the workplace include:
- Every manager/supervisor must be trained, and provide workers with information and instruction in safe workplace practices, workplace hazard identification and control measures to work safely in the manager’s/supervisor’s workplace.
- All employees and managers/supervisors must complete occupational health and safety awareness training as soon as possible after their appointment.
- Every manager/supervisor must ensure an emergency evacuation plan for all employees in the manager’s/supervisor’s workplace is in place, including accommodation for persons with disabilities (in accordance with section 27 of the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005).
- Employees must work safely and in accordance with management direction.
At Acord Fire and Safety we have a full range of safety/first aid products including AED units, components and accessories, as well as hearing, eye and mask protection.
We can also provide First Aid and CPR training, as well as First Aid inspections for your commercial or industrial workplace. We can also provide the appropriate level of training to your supervisors/managers to ensure that your workplace is compliant with the Ontario legislation governing workplace safety.
An important part of workplace safety includes adherence to the Ontario Fire Code. We have outlined the fire extinguishers for commercial/industrial use in another of our articles for your reference.
Do not hesitate to contact us or call us at 905-852-6847 for all of your safety and training needs. We want to help you in protecting employee Health and Safety in the Workplace. We are your trusted partners in fire, safety and health.