Occupational Health and Safety Committee changes

On March 1, 2024, the Occupational Health and Safety Act amendments came into effect to enhance criteria for occupational health and safety programs and committees. These modifications elevate the worker threshold necessary for establishing occupational health and safety programs and committees from a minimum of 10 workers to now requiring 20 or more workers at a worksite. Workplaces with fewer than 20 employees must have an occupational health and safety policy alongside a designated representative. When a worksite has fewer than six employees, the employer must assign a workplace health and safety designate. 

The government has clarified that existing occupational health and safety committees at workplaces with 10 to 19 employees are not obliged to dissolve under the new regulations.  

Employers must foster a safer work environment by following the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which aims to establish baseline standards and advocate for forming committees.

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