In A Flash – $70,000 Fine Demonstrates Importance of OHSA Orders and Workplace Violence and Harassment Requirements
$70,000 Fine Demonstrates Importance of OHSA Orders and Workplace Violence and Harassment Requirements
An Ontario employer has been fined $70,000 ($87,500 with the surcharge applied) after being convicted of failing to comply with seven Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) orders issued to bring the company into compliance with workplace violence and harassment requirements. Under the OHSA, employers are required to assess the risk of workplace violence, develop policies on workplace violence and harassment, develop, maintain and implement a program to deal with workplace violence and harassment, and train their employees on these policies and programs. It appears that the employer in this case failed meet the requirements and then failed to comply with resulting MOL orders.