Workplace mandatory posting and training requirements
To ensure that workers are aware of their rights, employers are required, by law, to post certain documents. The Employment Standards Act, 2000, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act specify exact posting requirements.
Health and Safety
- As of July 1, 2014 workers and supervisors are required to take Health & Safety training.
- Post Health & Safety at Work - Prevention Starts Here poster.
- Post the Employment Standards Act poster in the workplace. As of May 20, 2015, provide each employee with a copy of the Employment Standards Act poster.To obtain a copy, contact a CFIB Business Counsellor at 1-888-234-2232.
- Post the WSIB's In Case of Injury at Work poster in your workplace. You can obtain a copy by calling WSIB at 1-800-387-0750.
- Develop and post a Violence and a Harassment policy in your workplace (Bill 168).
- Post the Occupational Health and Safety Act (green book) in your workplace. This can be ordered from
Service Ontario online (type green book in the search box) or by calling Service Ontario at 1-800-668-9938. You can also print it. The most recent green book is dated July 2014.
- Develop and post a Health and Safety Policy (for employers with 6+ employees).
- Keep a First Aid Kit, fully stocked in your workplace and have at least one Certified first aid worker available at all times. For a listing of what must be included in the First Aid Kit, page 7 of Regulation 1101. Regulation 1101 also contains information on certification of first aid workers.
- If you have between 5 and 20 employees, the workers must elect a Health and Safety Representative.
- If you have more than 20 employees you are required to have a Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee. For more information please see our Health & Safety Bulletin.
- The Ministry of Labour has a list of approved providers for Basic Certification Training.
- Only if you store or handle hazardous chemicals carry out WHMIS training for all workers, both basic understanding of workplace hazardous materials and workplace specific ones, and review the training program annually. Note that you do not need to retrain your workers annually. You only need to undertake retraining or further training if there have been significant changes in the workplace.
- Inspectors are asking for a health & safety plan. Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business is a practical solution intended to guide small business owners through the requirements of a health and safety program.
- For a complete listing of requirements together with helpful tools, see the Ministry of Labour's website for more details.
Still have questions? Contact a CFIB Business Counsellor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-234-2232.
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