OHS Act Responsibilities

As an employer in the province of New Brunswick, it is important that you understand your responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act

Health and safety responsibilities will vary from industry to industry, but there are some basic requirements that apply across the board.
As employers, you must:

  • Take every reasonable precaution to ensure the health and safety of your employees.
  • Comply with the OHS Act and Regulations, and any order made by a health and safety officer in accordance with them.
  • Ensure your employees comply with the OHS Act and Regulations, and any order made in accordance with them.
  • Ensure the necessary systems of work at your job site – tools, equipment, machines, devices and materials – are maintained in good condition and are of minimum risk to health and safety when used as directed.
  • Provide a health and safety orientation session to new employees.
  • Acquaint employees with any hazards found at your workplace, related to the use, handling, storage, disposal and transport of any tool, equipment, machine, device and biological, chemical or physical agent.
  • Provide the information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to ensure an employee's health and safety.
  • Provide and maintain in good condition the protective equipment required by regulation, and ensure that this equipment is used by employees in the course of work.
  • Co-operate with the joint health and safety committee, where one has been established; a health and safety representative, where one has been elected; and with any person responsible for enforcing the OHS Act and Regulations.
  • Post a copy of the OHS Act and Regulations in a prominent place where workers can see them.
  • Draft and implement policies and procedures that become the safety program in the workplace. If the workplace has 20 or more employees, the company's safety policy must be submitted to WorkSafeNB and a Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) must be formed.

For more information on health and safety requirements related to your specific industry, consult the OHS Act and Regulations or call WorkSafeNB at 1 800 222-9775.


Laws of the Workplace  (PDF)


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