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You are taking all the right steps for workplace safety - or are you?


Occupational Health and Safety - Law and Compliance in Ontario is something every organization should take quite seriously. Not only will compliance to the Occupational Health and Safety Act help protect workplace parties from harm, it will also help defend any individual from prosecution under the Act should something go terribly wrong during work activities. This is known as Due Diligence.


Due Diligence is demonstrated by your actions before an event occurs, not after. Once a harmful incident has occurred in a workplace, it is automatically considered a contravention of the Act, and the employer and/or other contributing individuals are deemed guilty - that is of course, until they can prove their due diligence. 



Employers, supervisors and workers - learning about health and safety is the law!


The OHSA in Ontario is based on the philosophy of the Internal Responsibility System, and very clearly sets out what the duties of all workplace parties are and the demand for respect of workers rights.


Did you know that under the Occupational Health and Safety Act - Ontario Regulation 297/13, all supervisors and workers must take a basic occupational health and safety awareness training course, and the employer must have record of that training readily available to an MOL inspector? True story! This course covers that - and then some!


Workshop Objectives

At the end ​of this course, participants will be able to:


  • explain the concept of the Internal Responsibility System (IRS)
  • recognize the IRS is the core concept of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and Regulations in Ontario
  • describe the general roles, responsibilities, and rights of employers, supervisors, and workers
  • understand the role of the joint health and safety committee (JHSC) and health and safety representatives
  • define due diligence as referenced by the Act,
  • explain how OHSA compliance can prevent incidents in the workplace
  • apply due diligence as a legal defense 
  • identify the basic elements of an occupational health and safety program


This course is highly participative with various group exercises and group discussions. Individuals can bring their own copy of the OHSA, or one can be provided on loan for the day. 

Duration: 1 day, 8 hrs/day

Participants: any individual of an organization, including employers, supervisors, workers, JHSC members, and health and safety representatives.

Location: courses regularly scheduled at all Northern College campuses (see their website or Facebook for latest schedule); courses can also be scheduled for private sessions at a firm's location - upon request. Contact us for more information.


OH&S - Law and Compliance