This resource page gives you more information about policies and legislation pertaining to hazardous materials, occupational health and safety, and industrial hygiene. We will also update this page with news from the industry and from T. Harris itself.

We are committed to helping companies create safe and healthy environments, and the resources provided below will help with this mission. If you have any other questions, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page and we will get back to you by the next business day.

Important Links

Government of Canada: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety 

Government of Ontario: Occupational Health and Safety Act

Government of Ontario: Designated Substances Legistaltion (R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER O.1)

Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development: Workplace Compliance Initiatives

Industry News

MLITSD Workplace Compliance Initiative

April 2022 – March 2023

The workplace compliance initiatives, created by the Government of Ontario, and enforced by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training, and Skill Development are performing blitzes for asbestos in building structures in the specialized professional services industry. Make sure to be prepared for these randomized inspections by:

  • Ensuring you or your team on site has a hard copy of all asbestos or designated substance survey (DSS) documents available for review as necessary
  • Ensure that your re-assessment survey is up to date (completed within the last 12 months)
  • All materials identified within the survey as “priority 1” (poor condition) should be repaired/removed or scheduled to be repaired/removed

AIHA’s new public policy priorities

January 2023

The American Industrial Hygienic Association have created/identified new areas of hazards in the workplace that their research has found to be in need of attention. The three core areas are: 

  • Hazardous Noise Exposure 
  • Thermal Stress 
  • Strengthening the Occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) career pathway and improving school infrastructure

CNESST’s act to modernize the occupational health and safety system

January 1st, 2023

Here are some updates from the CNESST starting 1st January, 2023:

  • As soon as work begins, a job-site committee shall be formed by the principal contractor on a construction site that has 20 or more construction workers at any one time
  • The principal contractor must designate one or more health and safety coordinators when at least 100 construction workers are on a site or when the cost of work on the site exceeds $12 million

What's New with THEM

January 2023: Click here to read it