Health and Safety Professionals

Restoration Safety

Here are just  some of your responsibilities under the law :

  • you have to ensure your employees have proper training (WHMIS, Customer Service for Ontarians with Disabilities,  Violence and Harassment training and Ontario Worker Awareness as a minimum)
  • you have to make ensure you do everything in your power to make sure your employees stay healthy and safe
  • only employ those workers who are above the prescribed age limit (14 years for industrial)
  • ensure your workers are aware of all hazards they may encounter and have a system to document this
  • provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker to protect the health or safety of the worker.

Equestrian facilities have long worked on the "barter" system with students and boarders, and while this has worked in the past, recent changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act have presented some issues for equestrian facilities.  Did you know:

  • Equestrian facilities fall under the control of the Industrial Health and Safety Regulations and also fall under the control of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.  Equestrian facilities that board or give lessons are providing a good or a service and this results in a label of "Industrial" rather than farming when it comes to occupational health and safety.
  • The definition of a worker has recently changed.  It now includes the provision under the definition of a worker that a worker is :
    • A person who performs work or supplies services for monetary compensation
    • A secondary school student who performs work or supplies services for no monetary compensation under a work experience program authorized by the school board that operates the school in which the student is enrolled
    • A person who performs work or supplies services for no monetary compensation under a program approved by a college of applied arts and technology, university or other post-secondary institution
    • A person who receives training from an employer, but who, under the Employment Standards Act, 2000, is not an employee for the purposes of that Act because the conditions set out in subsection 1(2) of that Act have been met.
    • Such other persons as may be prescribed who perform work or supply services to an employer for no monetary compensation
  • The last statement as well as those that pertain to students and post-secondary students can have a great effect on equestrian facilities.  This change to the definition of a worker means that the facility owners or operators have a much greater responsibility to any person who is working for them, and can be fined or charged under the law should a worker get injured or an employer is found to be in contravention of the Act or Regulations.