Occupational Health & Safety Changes 2018
Effective June 1, 2018, changes to the Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Act came into force and are now requirements. A summary of the requirements is available here.
The main change that impacts Community Leagues is the requirement for a Health & Safety Representative (Duties are below) or a Health & Safety Committee (contact EFCL for additional details).
If on average, you had less than 20 workers on a daily basis, you would need to have a Health & Safety Representative (this should include most Leagues).
If on average, you had 20 or more workers on a daily basis, you would need to have a Health & Safety Committee.
Under the OHS Act, volunteers are considered to be workers.
OHS Safety Director Job Description
1. Review and remain familiar with:
2. Ensure copies of the Act, the Regulations and the Code are available at the worksite
3. Receipt, consideration, and disposition of concerns and complaints respecting the health and safety of workers;
4. Participation in the identification of hazards to workers or other persons arising out of or in connection with activities at the work site;
5. Development and promotion of measures to protect the health and safety of persons at the work site and checking the effectiveness of such measures;
6. Cooperation with an officer exercising duties under this Act, the regulations and the OHS code;
7. Development and promotion of programs for education and information concerning health and safety;
8. Making of recommendations respecting the health and safety of workers;
9. Inspection of the work site at regular intervals;
10. Participation in investigations of serious injuries and incidents at the work site in accordance with section 40 of the Act;
11. Maintenance of records in connection with the receipt and disposition of concerns and complaints and the attendance to other matters relating to the duties of the committee;
12. Any other obligations stated in the OHS Act, Regulations and Code