Safety Toolkit for Small Businesses

The Small Business Safety Toolkit provides easy-to-use, step-by-step guidelines and sample forms that business operators can use to identify hazards and develop a safety plan to keep everybody safe on the job. 

The Small Business Safety Toolkit is available both online at and in a hard copy version.  It was developed by CFIB, the provincial government, the Workers’ Compensation Board and colleagues in business and industry organizations.

The toolkit is a product of the province’s Workplace Safety Strategy, a five-year initiative designed to make Nova Scotia the safest place to work in Canada. 

“We understand that small business owners are busy and need accessible, easy to understand resources to help them protect their employees and make their workplaces safe,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan.  “The toolkit provides small businesses with what they need to create and implement their own safety policies and practices.”

The toolkit helps users to establish a health and safety system in their workplace, learn their basic duties and responsibilities under the law and understand the importance of health and safety to the operations of a business.

“Work-related injuries not only hurt people, they can have a direct and significant impact on a company’s bottom line, as well as its reputation,” said WCB CEO Stuart MacLean.  “Taking the time to make a workplace safe is not only the law, it’s good business sense.”

The Small Business Safety Toolkit was launched on May 3rd 2015, at the beginning of North American Occupational Safety and Health week.