In the past 10 years, in both federal and provincial jurisdictions, approximately 1,000 Canadian workers have died each year as a result of work place accidents or occupational diseases. Although the injury rate is declining, the annual costs for compensation to injured workers has been billions of dollars.
Work place health and safety is a serious matter. Part II of the Canada Labour Code relates to occupational health and safety and reflects the desire to reduce work place injuries and accidents in federal jurisdiction.
The objective of this overview is to offer a simplified version of the major responsibilities for occupational health and safety for both employers and employees subject to the Canada Labour Code. It is not a legal reference. Anyone wishing to interpret the law should refer to the Canada Labour Code and to the corresponding Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.