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Small Business Resource Guide

Health & Safety

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This topic covers an employer's duty to its employees with respect to workplace hazards, the materials and equipment in the workplace and the direction of the work force.  Employers are required to take all reasonable precautions to protect the health and safety of workers.  For example, toxic substances, hazardous machinery, worker education and personal protective equipment fall under this area.  The duties of workers are generally to work safely and comply with the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations. Check the Chamber of Commerce Members Directory for a listing of local health & safety services.

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Whether your business employs part-time or full-time workers, you are required by law to register with the WSIB.  Family members and sub-contractors are considered to be employees.  Once you register your business with the WSIB, all employees have workplace insurance coverage and you as an employer have access to experts in health and safety for your business sector (Ontario Safe Workplace Associations).

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the Thunder Bay Public Library.