Getting ready for a health and safety inspection

By Kristan Wolfe
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/18/2005

No business owner or manager wants to see an employee get hurt in the workplace. But the reality is that on-the-job injuries and fatalities occur regularly, particularly at workplaces with consistently poor safety records.

According to Ontario’s Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB), there were more than 268,000 injury and occupational disease claims in the year ending Sept. 30, 2004, with 424 fatalities recorded during the same period.

In Ontario, companies that rack up an above average number of injury, disease or fatality claims for their particular industry can expect to be tagged for a health and safety audit under WSIB’s Workwell program. Following the initial audit, employers are given six months to implement any changes recommended by the auditor before a second audit is performed. Failing the second audit can result in fines up to $100,000 and up to six months in jail.