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Part III.I: Codes of Practice

  • Revised: March 20, 2015
  • Content last reviewed: March 2015
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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.

The Minister of Labour may approve all or part of a code of practice as a way to comply with any legal requirement imposed by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) or a regulation under the Act and all or part of a code of practice may be subject to terms and conditions set out in the approval. The approval of a code of practice or withdrawal of approval of a code of practice shall be published in the Ontario Gazette.

Approval of a code of practice means that the Ministry will consider compliance with the code to be compliance with its corresponding legal requirement.

This does not mean that a failure to comply with an approved code will, in itself, be considered a breach of the legal requirement.

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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.