The inspector cometh

Companies encouraged to self-audit more, while governments add muscle for those that don’t comply
By Joyce Grant and David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/31/2005

Ensuring the workplace is safe is the employer’s responsibility. That’s the common thread underlying health and safety legislation across Canada. Get to know the rules and audit yourself before the government has to.

Provincial governments are busy trying to improve workplace safety statistics, although the jury is still out on the impact of such initiatives. But if actions match words, firms that don’t comply with H&S legislation will find themselves mired in legal problems.

“We’re gonna kick your ass,” is how Alberta Human Resources and Employment Minister Clint Dunford put it as he warned employers to comply with occupational health and safety codes.