• MOL Inspectors to Enforce Poster Requirement as of October 1, 2012
  • June 25, 2012 | Author: Melanie I. Francis
  • Law Firm: Blaney McMurtry LLP - Toronto Office
  • Beginning October 1, 2012, MOL inspectors will enforce a requirement that employers post a new health and safety awareness poster introduced by the MOL.

    The new poster is another response to the recommendations of the Expert Advisory Panel. The Panel identified as a priority the creation of a health and safety poster that explains the rights and responsibilities of workplace parties, and that provides general health and safety information and MOL contact information.

    Employers are reminded that section 25(2)(i) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires them to “post, in the workplace, a copy of this Act and any explanatory material prepared by the Ministry, both in English and the majority language of the workplace, outlining the rights, responsibilities and duties of workers.” The new poster has been identified by the MOL as “explanatory material” and is therefore required to be posted; it is available in English and French, as well as 15 other languages.

    The new posting requirement provides a great opportunity for employers to review all materials that are currently posted in the workplace to ensure they are up to date and that they are meeting the posting requirements set out in the Act.