The committee, appointed under Section 21 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), provides ongoing advice and information to the Minister of Labour on how to improve health and safety protection in the health care sector. Membership is comprised of employer and worker representatives from a wide range of organizations within the health care sector.
The contributions of the committee include; creation of guidance notes to assist health care organizations meet existing health and safety requirements, recommendations for the development of improved practices in workplaces and discussion of leading practices in the health care setting.
Section 21 Guidance Notes
Guidance Notes have been reviewed by the management and labour representatives of the Ontario Health Care Health and Safety Committee appointed under Section 21 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to ensure that appropriate, consistent information is made available to healthcare workplaces, to support them in assessing practice against legislative requirements and recommended good practices.
The material in Guidance Notes are provided as information only. Reference should always be made to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the regulations to ascertain one’s rights and duties under the law. It is the responsibility of all workplace parties to ensure compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the regulations to seek independent legal advice where questions remain.
Effective Occupational Health and Safety Communications
- This guidance note provides suggestions and advice for successful communication of health and safety information
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Pandemic H1N1 Influenza Recovery
- Pandemic H1N1 influenza activity appears to be in decline. Now is a good time to start reviewing your hospitals pandemic plans. This guidance note provides suggestions and information, which should be consider as we move to a possible post pandemic phase.
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Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Education and Training
- This Guidance Note addresses the specific recommendations related to worker health and safety training. Education and training referred to in this Guidance Note include, but are not limited to worker health and safety training, roles and responsibilities for training regarding worker safety laws and regulations, and education for joint health and safety committees (JHSC)/health and safety representatives.
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Safety-Engineered Medical Sharps (SEMS)
- Ontario Regulation 474/07 (Needle Safety), under the OHSA, was introduced in 2007 and applied to hospitals as of April 1, 2008. It was amended in 2009 and 2010 to apply to additional categories of workplaces. Effective July 1, 2010, the Regulation applies in any workplace where a hollow-bore needle is used on a person for a therapeutic, preventative, palliative, diagnostic or cosmetic purpose, including hospitals, long-term care homes, psychiatric facilities, laboratories, specimen collection centres, doctors' and dentists' offices, community health centres, family health teams, independent health facilities and other workplaces where health-related services are provided, including home care services, ambulance services, public health programs, health support services to students in schools and health care/first aid services to workers in industrial and other workplaces.
- Please click here to view the Safety-Engineered Medical Sharps (SEMS) guidance note.
Application of Hazard Control Principles, including the Precautionary Principle to Infectious Agents
This Guidance Note is intended assist the workplace parties to understand how to select appropriate controls to protect workers from infectious diseases and biological hazards which may occur at a workplace by using a risk based and precautionary approach.
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