What are Occupational Health and Safety Regulations?
The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (OHSR) set out your responsibilities as an employer to maintain health and safety in the workplace. Employers must do everything they reasonably can to protect the health and safety of their employees under the OHSR.
An overview of Saskatchewan’s Occupational Health and Safety regulations for employers
Saskatchewan’s OHSR applies to most workers and employers in the province. There are some exemptions, such as federally-regulated workers. However, most business owners with one or more employees are responsible for maintaining health and safety at work.
As an employer, it is your duty to:
- Maintain and reinforce all safe workplace practices
- Conduct a workplace hazard assessment
- Implement effective measures to eliminate or control any hazards that are identified
- Ensure that all employees who may be affected by hazards in the workplace are trained appropriately
It is important to ask an expert to review your current workplace practices to ensure your business is compliant.
Occupational Health and Safety Regulations penalties
OHSR officers conduct inspections and investigations to enforce the OHSR Act. They are authorized to enter your work site, look at and copy relevant documents, inspect and take samples, interview your workers, and issue compliance orders.
Anyone found violating the OHSR or disregarding an officer’s orders may be ticketed or face administrative penalties. An OHSR Officer has the authority to write immediate, on-the-spot tickets for specific violations of the OHS Act that put health and safety at risk. Ticket amounts can range from $250 to $1,000 depending on the offence. It is extremely important to ensure you are well-versed when it comes to Saskatchewan’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.
Is your business compliant?
The OHSR is not straightforward, and it can be difficult to understand the regulations required of employers. Our team of HR experts can help protect your business when it comes to keeping your workplace healthy and safe. Call our free employer advice line today at 1 (306) 952-5891.