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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.

This guide explains what every worker, supervisor, employer and constructor needs to know about workplace violence and workplace harassment requirements in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). It describes everyone's rights and responsibilities and answers, in plain language, the questions that are most commonly asked about these requirements.

Please note this guide does not constitute legal advice. It should not be taken as a statement of the law or what constitutes compliance with the law. If you need help in determining what constitutes compliance, you should consult a lawyer.

This guide does not cover every situation or answer every question about the legal requirements for workplace violence and workplace harassment in Ontario. It also does not cover requirements for other workplace health and safety issues. You should consult A Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act for information about other requirements.

This guide does not cover other legal obligations that may exist such as those under Canada’s Criminal Code or Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

Ontario Ministry of Labour health and safety inspectors enforce the OHSA and may refer to this guide when determining compliance. They do not enforce this guide. Ministry of Labour inspectors will apply and enforce the OHSA and its regulations based on the facts as they may find them in the workplace. This guide does not affect their enforcement discretion in any way.

The ministry has produced other resources in addition to this guide, including a Code of Practice to Address Workplace Harassment, which can be used to help workplaces comply with the workplace violence and workplace harassment requirements in the OHSA.

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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.