Would you let your kids play football? (Editor's Notes)

IS it time to treat OHS on the federal level?
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/01/2016

Workplace safety rules are complicated but they all have the same laudable goal: To ensure every employee goes home safe at the end of the day.

The complicated regime of safety regulations in Canada was thrust into the spotlight last month when a British Columbia Supreme Court justice tossed out charges against Seattle Environmental Consulting, a firm that was slapped with 237 violation notices by WorkSafeBC between 2007 and 2012. It was also fined more than $200,000.

The reason? Justice George Macintosh said an order must be “unambiguous” for a court to punish someone. He bemoaned the fact it was “impossible” for the owners of the company to know whether they were in contempt of court.