Canadian Labour Reporter Special Report: Occupational Health and Safety Across Canada, Second Edition
ISBN/ISSN/Product Number: 978-0-7798-8077-5
Product Type: Book
Number of Pages: Approximately 500 pages
Number of Volumes: 1 volume bound
Binding: softcover
Publication Date: 2017-09-29
Publisher: Carswell
Price: $103.00

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This book, written in an informative yet highly readable style, is designed to provide the reader with an overview of occupational health and safety (OH&S) law and practice across Canada. It combines a discussion of broad general principles with information pertaining to jurisdiction-specific legislative provisions in each Canadian jurisdiction. For this reason, it would be particularly suitable for occupational health and safety specialists, human resources practitioners and labour relations professionals in organizations that operate across multiple jurisdictions.

Chapter 1 highlights current issues in workplace health and safety in Canada. It also includes information on occupational injuries and diseases across Canada, providing statistical tables and noting the limitations of such statistics as measures of safety performance. Chapter 2 provides a guide to the jurisdictional framework for OH&S across Canada, including details on the major regulatory bodies and other legislation that has some relevance for workplace health and safety.

Chapters 3 and 4 provide a guide to the main OH&S legislative provisions across Canada, along with Appendices A and B that provides detailed tables showing these provisions as they apply in the various jurisdictions. Finally, Chapter 5 provides practical guidelines for complying with the legislation and implementing key OH&S programs.


Updates for the second edition include the following:

  • Comprehensive legislative updates across all Canadian jurisdictions;
  • Updates reflecting the implementation of WHMIS 2015 across Canada (as a result of the adoption of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS));
  • WHMIS 2015 transitional instructional and informational requirements for 2017 and 2018;
  • Updated explanatory text on accident and incident investigations, including reference to the newly published Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standard on Incident Investigation;
  • Extension of workers’ compensation coverage for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a number of jurisdictions;
  • New requirements relating to workplace harassment in Ontario;
  • Updated tables outlining various OH&S and workers’ compensation legal requirements across the country – now included in two easily accessible appendices.
About the Author

Dilys Robertson is an Ontario-based occupational health and safety consultant and writer. She was the Principal Editor of Thomson Reuters online safety information source - Safety Source® - from 2007 to 2012. She ran the Canadian National Work Injury Statistics Program for the AWCBC for ten years and was Editor of a newsletter for joint health and safety committees for almost 10 years. She has extensive experience in workplace health and safety legal compliance, safety training delivery and design (including computer-based training) and working with joint safety committees. She has developed computer-based training on accident investigation for the CSA and an electronic companion for the CSA standard on occupational health and safety management systems. Her work as an independent consultant in the field of workplace health and safety spans 25 years in both Manitoba and Ontario. Prior to that she worked in the United Kingdom where she was a member of the Industrial Tribunal Panel for England and Wales. She taught workplace health and safety programs at the University of Manitoba for 10 years and sits on several Canadian Standards Association Technical Committees. She is a prolific writer in the field of OH&S. Her publications include: ABCs of OH&S, Ontario (a Dictionary of Legal Compliance), JHS Committees: The Road to Excellence, Training Kit, OH&S Compliance Toolkit, the electronic Health & Safety Audit Toolkit and numerous articles, and she was a contributor to the most recent ILO Encyclopedia.

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