Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

April 20, 2009 17:10 ET

Significant Changes to Ontario Health & Safety Law Introduced Today

Protection from Harassment and Violence

Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO/PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - April 20, 2009) - Advocates for safe workplaces have been pushing for more than a decade for legislation that protects workers from harassment and violence. Today, they had some good news.

Proposed amendments to Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act specify harassment and violence as hazards and require employers to identify them as such and carry out effective prevention and response. The new law would include violence as a reason for refusing unsafe work.

"These are significant steps forward. Finally, we are getting close to legislation that forces employers to take this issue seriously," says Ontario Federation of Labour president Wayne Samuelson.

The law would require employers to put policies, measures, and procedures in place to assess and control risks, provide assistance, report incidents or threats, and provide training to workers.

"It will be very important that this work be done in consultation and cooperation with workers' health and safety representatives," says Samuelson.

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Contact Information

  • Sheila Keenan, OFL Communications
    Primary Phone: 416-443-7665
    Secondary Phone: 416-441-2731 ext. 665
    Toll-Free: 800-668-9138