What You Need To Know About Work Alone Safety Legislation in Canada That Can Keep You Out of Jail
The Criminal Code in Canada has been amended such that organizations and even individuals may be criminally liable for failure to take reasonable measures to protect employee safety. But what exactly are “reasonable measures”? Are you actually taking those measures?
In this post, you will learn what liabilities you have as an employer, work alone legislation specific to your own province, and what measures you need to be taking to keep your workers – and your company – safe.
Seven provinces in Canada regulate working alone:
In the seven provinces and two territories listed above, employers must adhere to specific safety measures to ensure their employees working alone are safe. Below are safety precautions that all jurisdictions unanimously require:
Liability Every Employer Has For Their Employees Working Alone:
It is the responsibility of the employer to minimize risk associated with their workers who works alone. If reasonable measures are not put in place to help mitigate risk, companies and individuals may be held criminally liable under Canadian law.
Even beyond that, without proper safety precautions in place, a company may be exposed to risks such as lawsuits, higher premiums on insurance, employee replacement costs, or even damaging media attention. It is therefore of utmost importance to take preventative action to mitigate risk. It is therefore recommended to enact the safety measures listed above in your company.
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