Some of the key general duties include the following:
- Taking all reasonable precautions for protecting workers’ health and safety
- Ensuring that the company maintains all equipment, material, and protective equipment in good condition
- Providing workers with information, instruction, and supervision for protecting their health and safety
- Cooperating with the Joint Health and Safety Committee
The key specific duties include the following:
- Complying with all the regulations made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
- Developing and implementing an OHS program and policies
- Providing Joint Health and Safety Committee with health and safety reports
Moreover, sub-section 1 of sec 23 of the OHS Act lists out the duties of a constructor. The key duties of a constructor include the following:
- Ensuring the company complies with all the measures and procedures prescribed by the OHS Act and its regulations
- Ensuring every employer and worker engaged in a construction project complies with the Act’s regulations and requirements
Working At Heights as a mandatory requirement in Ontario
The Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation (Ontario Regulation 297/13) under the OHS Act clearly sets out WAH as a mandatory requirement.
Moreover, the regulation clearly specifies the training requirements for the working at heights program. Training will have a validity period of three years from the date of completion from MOL-approved training provider.
Furthermore, sub-section 26.2 (1) of O. Reg. 213/91 (Construction Projects) states that employers will continue to have a duty to ensure that their workers who may use a fall protection system are trained properly through oral and written instructions provided by a competent person.
Further, please note that the Occupational Health and Safety Act defines a workplace as any land, premises, location or thing at, upon, in, or near which a worker works.
Therefore, the Occupational Health and Safety Act considers a construction site as the workplace for construction workers. Hence, employers should follow the construction regulations falling under the Act. Further, the regulations clearly state that working at heights is a mandatory requirement in Ontario