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Health and Safety Partners

  • Issued: February 2011
  • Revised: March 2014
  • Content last reviewed: March 2014

Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety System Partners

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Ontario Ministry of Labour

The ministry's occupational health and safety mandate is to set, communicate and enforce occupational health and safety legislation (the Occupational Health and Safety Act), and regulations. It also develops, coordinates and implements strategies to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses and can set standards for health and safety training. To report incidents, critical injuries or fatalities – or to ask about workplace health and safety – call the Ministry of Labour toll-free at 1-877-202-0008. Follow the ministry on Twitter.


Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB)

WSIB provides no-fault workers’ compensation and promotes workplace health and safety. For information about claims forms, health issues, return-to-work programs, and links to other health and safety organizations, visit the WSIB website.

  • Call toll-free: 1-800-387-0750
  • Web Site

Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

OHCOW provides comprehensive occupational health services - to workers concerned about work-related health conditions and to workers, unions and employers who need support to prevent these health conditions from developing. OHCOW services are free of charge.


Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC)

As Ontario’s designated health and safety training centre, the WHSC provides training for workers, their representatives and employers from every sector and region of the province.

Institute for Work & Health

Institute for Work & Health (IWH)

IWH is an independent, not-for-profit research organization that aims to protect and improve the health of working people by providing useful, relevant research to workers, employers, occupational health and safety professionals, disability management professionals, clinicians, policy-makers and more.

Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders

Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD)

CRE-MSD conducts research to improve the understanding and prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). MSDs are painful or disabling injuries to the muscles, tendons or nerves in the lower back, shoulders, neck, elbows, wrists or hands.

Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease

The Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease (CREOD)

CREOD is focused on the prevention and early recognition of non-malignant occupational disease. Programs are organized around disease and exposure themes including skin disease, respiratory disease, vibration related disorders and biological hazards. The centre also deals with broad system issues such as joint health and safety committee effectiveness and increasing occupational history-taking by health care professionals.

The Occupational Cancer Research Centre

The Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC)

The OCRC is dedicated to studying workplace cancer. The centre’s goals are to identify cancer-causing agents in Ontario workplaces, increase awareness of the risk of workplace cancer, and identify the best means to control exposure to carcinogens and improve workers’ health.


Health and Safety Associations

Infrastructure Health & Safety Association

1. Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA)

  • IHSA comprises the former Construction Safety Association of Ontario, Electrical & Utilities Safety Association of Ontario, and Transportation Health and Safety Association of Ontario.
  • Serves: construction, electrical and utilities, aggregates, natural gas, ready-mix concrete and transportation.
  • Toll-free: 1-800-263-5024
  • Web Site
  • on Twitter @IHSAnews
Public Services Health & Safety Association

2. Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA)

  • PSHSA comprises the former Education Safety Association of Ontario, Municipal Health and Safety Association, and Ontario Safety Association for Community and Healthcare.
  • Serves: hospitals, nursing and retirement homes, residential and community care, universities and colleges, school boards, libraries and museums, municipalities, provincial government and agencies, police, fire and paramedics and First Nations.
  • Toll-free: 1-877-250-7444 | Toronto: 416-250-2131
  • Web Site
  • on Twitter @PSHSAca

Workplace Safety North

3. Workplace Safety North (WSN)

  • WSN comprises the former Mines and Aggregates Safety and Health Association, Ontario Forestry Safe Workplace Association, Ontario Mine Rescue, and Pulp and Paper Health and Safety Association.
  • Serves (province wide): forestry, mining, smelters, refineries, paper, printing and converting.
  • Toll-free (Ontario): 1-888-730-7821
  • Web Site
  • on Twitter @WSN_News

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

4. Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

  • WSPS comprises the former Farm Safety Association, Industrial Accident Prevention Association, and Ontario Service Safety Alliance.
  • Serves: agriculture, manufacturing, and service sectors.
  • Toll-free: 1-877-494-9777
  • Web Site
  • on Twitter @WSPS_News