5 steps to meeting your occupational health and safety requirements

Dianne 2010By Dianne Rende

While Occupational Health and Safety requirements differ from business to business, and province to province, there are a few steps that can help determine the needs of a workplace. We recommend consulting the relevant province or territory Occupational Health and Safety authority for information image002specific to your region (refer to the list below), but here’s a general guide.

1. Identify the workplace. If your workplace has multiple sites or locations, you will need to complete an individual assessment for each.

2. Determine your workplace hazard rating (applies to BC only). Workplaces are rated Low (L), Moderate (M), or High (H). Your industry has a different hazard rating according to the tasks and environments typical to your daily operations.

3. Determine the number of workers per shift.

4. Determine the surface travel time from your workplace to a hospital. For the purpose of assessment, a “hospital” (or diagnostic and treatment center) is defined as: a facility that has an emergency department or resuscitation area and a physician on duty, or immediately available on call, during the hours when workers might need these services.

5. Compare your workplace results to your province /territory’s Occupational Health & Safety Act Your first aid program will be comprised of three major components:

o Equipping the workplace: supplies, equipment and facilities o Trained and experienced personnel: first aid attendants

o Being mobile: transportation

Equipping the workplace

Depending on the nature of the workplace and the results of your first aid assessment, you may be required to provide a clearly designated first aid facility. Trained and experienced personnel There are a number of levels of Occupational first aid training. The right level for your designated first aid attendant depends on the outcome of your workplace assessment, and your province or territory’s Occupational Health and Safety regulations.

Transfer to medical aid

Arrange quick and immediate transportation to medical aid for the injured worker by calling 911 or your local emergency number. In special situations, such as remote workplaces, where ambulatory services are not available, first aid providers may also be required to transport critically injured workers by boat, plane or company vehicle. In these situations a more comprehensive first aid program policy, special training and certification may be required.

Occupational Health and Safety in each province and territory


British Columbia


New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories and Nunavut

Nova Scotia


Prince Edward Island




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Dianne Rende is the Executive Director of St. John Ambulance, Peel Dufferin Branch. As Canada’s leading authority in first aid, St. John Ambulance is dedicated to improving health and safety at work, at home and at play. Dianne can be reached by email at [email protected] or for more information visit

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Extending Minimum Wage Implementation Will Slash Job Loss Risk by 74%: Economic Analysis Final analysis of Bill 148 reveals $12 billion economic problem that the Ontario Government must resolve

Wednesday, September 27, 2017: Today the Mississauga Board of Trade, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Keep Ontario Working (KOW) Coalition, released two major reports that broadly capture the challenges associated with Bill 148 and the concerns of the employer community. The first report is the final economic impact analysis of Bill 148 by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis’ (CANCEA), which was peer-reviewed by Professor Morley Gunderson of the University of Toronto. CANCEA’s analysis reveals that if Government were to do nothing other than implement the minimum wage increase over five years instead of in the next 15 months, jobs at risk would decrease by 74 per cent in the first two years. The analysis also indicates that while the proposed changes will see $11 billion in wage stimulus flow into the economy in the next two years, a remaining $12 billion problem exists which will lead to jobs lost, added costs, and general damage to the Ontario economy. “Today’s final report by CANCEA is clear, while the Government is correct to say that there will be a stimulus from Bill 148, it does not cover the $23 billion cost challenge for business in the first two years – a substantial amount that poses great risk to our economy and cannot be resolved through offsets alone,” said Karl Baldauf, Vice President of Policy and Government Relations at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “More must be done. The Ontario Government must resolve the economic challenges presented in Bill 148 through a combination of slowing down the implementation period, amending the legislation, and offsets. Business and Government must work together to avoid unintended consequences and protect our most vulnerable.” “This report should be a great concern to Mississauga businesses,” said David Wojcik, President & CEO, Mississauga Board of Trade. “We call on our MPPs to heed this advice and slow down the pace of change through Bill 148.”
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