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Awareness Poster Information:

Health & Safety at Work - Prevention Starts Here

NOTE: The poster is available in two versions:

Introduction

Since June 2012, employers have been able to obtain a free new workplace poster "Health & Safety at Work – Prevention Starts Here" in English, French and 17 other languages.

Under the OHSA, employers are required to post the Act and any explanatory material prepared by the Ministry, which includes this poster, in the workplace. The poster must be displayed in English and the majority language of the workplace. Effective October 1, 2012, inspectors will expect compliance with the requirement to display the poster.

The poster summarizes workers’ health and safety rights and responsibilities and the responsibilities of employers and supervisors. It also reminds employers that they must not take action against workers for following the Act or for raising workplace health and safety concerns, and seeking enforcement of the OHSA. The poster encourages workers to get involved in health and safety and explains when and why to contact the Ministry of Labour.

How To Obtain Free Posters

Electronic Copy

The poster is now available online in 19 languages in pdf format: Poster: Health & Safety at Work – Prevention Starts Here

Once downloaded, you can print the poster in black and white, or in colour. The Ministry requires that the poster be posted in print size of at least 8.5 x 11 inches.

To print the poster:

  • Select Print from the toolbar on your computer.
  • A print window will open.
  • Click on Properties and select the paper size as "Letter", 8 ½" X 11" or "Tabloid", 11" X 17".
  • Click OK.

To view and print PDF files, you need to have Adobe® Reader® 7.0, or later, installed on your computer. You can download this free software from Adobe.

Please note that it is the poster in PDF format that must be printed and posted in the workplace.

Hard Copy

Printed copies are available free through ServiceOntario Publications (English and French versions).

Background

In March, 2010, the Minister of Labour appointed an Expert Advisory Panel to review Ontario’s occupational health and safety system. The Panel included representatives of organized labour, employers, and the academic community. Throughout 2010, the Panel consulted extensively with stakeholders across the province to identify structural and operational improvements to the occupational health and safety system, which includes the prevention of workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, and the enforcement of occupational health and safety legislation.

On December 16, 2010, the Minister accepted the Panel’s report and its 46 consensus recommendations.

In one of its high priority recommendations, the Panel advised the Ministry of Labour to "create a health and safety poster that explains the key rights and responsibilities of the workplace parties, including how to obtain additional health and safety information and how to contact a Ministry of Labour inspector. It should be mandatory to post this in the workplace."

The Panel found that many workers had little or no understanding of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including their rights and obligations as workers or the obligations of employers and supervisors. The Report advised that a health and safety poster be made available in multiple languages.

The Ministry’s development of this poster was aided by public consultation from mid-December 2011 to mid-February 2012. From the public consultation, this poster was then finalized and made available to the public on June 1, 2012, with the intention that employers would have time over the summer months to obtain a copy before mandatory posting was enforced (effective October 1, 2012).