Decreasing your H&S liability

Violators are facing fines that are higher than ever. The areas to cover off, to protect your firm.
By Norman Keith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/26/2002

An increasing enterprise risk for corporations, both large and small, public and private, is the prospect of health and safety liability. Governments across Canada are increasingly turning to prosecutions as an important means of enforcing health and safety standards. Fines have risen dramatically, with trial penalties as high as $900,000.

There are at least three typical legislative provisions in health and safety statutes across Canada that can cause a risk of liability for employers: the training of supervisors, the instruction and training of workers, and obligations under general duty clauses.

Training of supervisors