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Firefighter Guidance Notes

  • Issued: January 2018
  • Content last reviewed: January 2018

Disclaimer: This resource has been prepared to help the workplace parties understand some of their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and regulations. It is not legal advice. It is not intended to replace the OHSA or the regulations. For further information please see full disclaimer.

Firefighter’s guidance notes are a form of assistance for workplace parties regarding health and safety issues. The notes serve as a useful resource for employers to consider in identifying hazards that are unique to fire services and determining how to protect workers and prevent injury and illness to workers in the fire service. 

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You can find older notes on the website of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs.

The Ministry of Labour would like to acknowledge the employer and worker members appointed to the Ontario Fire Service Health and Safety Advisory Committee, formed under section 21 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Their contributions and cooperation were instrumental in the development of these guidance notes.

Disclaimer: This web resource has been prepared to assist the workplace parties in understanding some of their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the regulations. It is not intended to replace the OHSA or the regulations and reference should always be made to the official version of the legislation.

It is the responsibility of the workplace parties to ensure compliance with the legislation. This web resource does not constitute legal advice. If you require assistance with respect to the interpretation of the legislation and its potential application in specific circumstances, please contact your legal counsel.

While this web resource will also be available to Ministry of Labour inspectors, they will apply and enforce the OHSA and its regulations based on the facts as they may find them in the workplace. This web resource does not affect their enforcement discretion in any way.