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As an employer, you play an important role in preventing workplace injuries and promoting a safe and healthy workplace. In fact, in Quebec, under the Act Respecting Occupational Health and Safety (AOHS) and the Act respecting industrial accident and occupational diseases (AIAOD) as well as their various regulations, you have a legal obligation to properly inform, instruct and supervise your employees and to do everything you reasonably can to protect them.
Registering with the CNESST is mandatory!
We can never stress this enough: registering with the "Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail" (CNESST) is not an option! All companies with at least one full-time or part-time worker must register with the CNESST no later than 60 days following the first day that your first worker reports work.
To register, use one of these two methods:
Regardless of the size of your business or sector, your main obligation as an employer is to identify, control and eliminate any workplace hazards. In order to do so, you must:
In order to comply with all those requirement, consider creating a health and safety committee overlooking your operation and making sure you are compliant. The committee will also be responsible to develop a prevention program.
CNESST provides you the following resources:
Offer medical attention (First-aid) on site as per the First-aid Minimum Standards Regulation. In order to do so, you must:
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CFIB is here to help you!
In addition to health and safety requirements, there are several other compliance measures your business should be considering. You can always contact CFIB for further information, examples of a Health and Safety Policy, Emergency Communication Procedure, or more details on any Occupational Health and Safety issues at 1.888.234.2232 or email us at