Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (SOR/86-304)

Regulations are current to 2016-01-25 and last amended on 2015-09-14. Previous Versions

SCHEDULE II(Sections 18.1 and 18.18)


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  • SOR/98-456, s. 1.


Hazard Prevention Program

  •  (1) The employer shall, in consultation with and with the participation of the policy committee, or, if there is no policy committee, the work place committee or the health and safety representative, develop, implement and monitor a program for the prevention of hazards, including ergonomics-related hazards, in the work place that is appropriate to the size of the work place and the nature of the hazards and that includes the following components:

    • (a) an implementation plan;

    • (b) a hazard identification and assessment methodology;

    • (c) hazard identification and assessment;

    • (d) preventive measures;

    • (e) employee education; and

    • (f) a program evaluation.

  • (2) [Repealed, SOR/2009-84, s. 2]

  • SOR/2005-401, s. 2;
  • SOR/2007-271, s. 1;
  • SOR/2009-84, s. 2.

Implementation Plan

  •  (1) The employer shall

    • (a) develop an implementation plan that specifies the time frame for each phase of the development and implementation of the prevention program;

    • (b) monitor the progress of the implementation of the preventive measures; and

    • (c) review the time frame of the implementation plan regularly and, as necessary, revise it.

  • (2) In implementing the prevention program, the employer shall ensure that ergonomics-related hazards are identified and assessed and that they are eliminated or reduced, as required by subsection 19.5(1), as much as is reasonably possible and that any person assigned to identify and assess ergonomics-related hazards has the necessary instruction and training.

  • SOR/2005-401, s. 2;
  • SOR/2007-271, s. 2.

Hazard Identification and Assessment Methodology

  •  (1) The employer shall develop a hazard identification and assessment methodology, including an identification and assessment methodology for ergonomics-related hazards, taking into account the following documents and information:

    • (a) any hazardous occurrence investigation reports;

    • (b) first aid records and minor injury records;

    • (c) work place health protection programs;

    • (d) any results of work place inspections;

    • (e) any employee reports made under paragraph 126(1)(g) or (h) of the Act or under section 15.3;

    • (f) any government or employer reports, studies and tests concerning the health and safety of employees;

    • (g) any reports made under the Safety and Health Committees and Representatives Regulations;

    • (h) the record of hazardous substances; and

    • (i) any other relevant information, including ergonomics-related information.

  • (2) The hazard identification and assessment methodology shall include

    • (a) the steps and time frame for identifying and assessing the hazards;

    • (b) the keeping of a record of the hazards; and

    • (c) a time frame for reviewing and, if necessary, revising the methodology.

  • SOR/2005-401, s. 2;
  • SOR/2007-271, s. 3.
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