Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act establishes health and safety standards for workplaces in Ontario. These standards apply to employees, supervisors, employers, and workplaces in Ontario. The Act serves as a safeguard, shielding employees from a wide array of health and safety hazards encountered on the job, including exposure to biological and chemical agents, handling toxic substances, dealing with unsafe equipment, and addressing issues related to workplace violence, among others.
Crucially, this law outlines the dual responsibilities of employers and the rights afforded to workers. It’s essential to recognize that as a worker, you have the fundamental right to refuse or halt work if you perceive that your health and safety are at risk. In the event of a workplace injury, seeking prompt and appropriate medical attention is paramount.
For comprehensive information pertaining to health and safety in the workplace, you can reach out to the Ministry of Labour at labour.gov.on.ca. Additionally, if you require legal guidance or assistance, do not hesitate to contact AAPC Lawyers. We are here to support you in navigating the complexities of workplace health and safety, ensuring your rights and well-being are safeguarded.