• Issued: July 1999
  • Content last reviewed: June 2009

This Guideline has been prepared to assist persons, such as employers, who have duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations. It should not be taken to be a statement of the law or what is necessary to comply with the law. A person with legal duties may or may not agree with the Guideline and there is no legal requirement to follow the Guideline. It is for each such person to decide what is necessary to comply with the OHSA and its regulations.

A person who needs assistance in determining what constitutes compliance should consult with his or her legal advisor. Ministry inspectors will assess workplace situations against the relevant provisions in the OHSA and its regulations but they do not enforce the Guideline, although they may refer to it in determining whether the relevant laws have been complied with.

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