NOSH Message – Spring 2014
Do you know that it is the employer’s responsibility to investigate all reported accidents under the Canada Labour Code Part II?
Under the Canada Labour Code Part II, every employer is required to investigate record and report in the manner and to the authorities as prescribed all accidents, occupational diseases and other hazardous occurrences known to the employer. This requirement is absolute, that is, the employer has no choice but to comply. Failure to comply with this requirement on the part of the employer may, to some extent, undermine the defence of due diligence regarding complete compliance with all statutory duties.
The Code also requires employees to report all workplace accidents, injuries, and illnesses to the employer. The reporting of such is usually to the immediate supervisor.
Part XV of the Canada Occupational Safety and Health Regulations (COHSR) outlines the procedures and responsibilities for reporting, recording, and investigating all hazardous occurrences, i.e. accidents.
Therefore, all work related injuries and illnesses must be reported by law. The extent of the reporting process depends on the nature of the injury.
The CFIA Hazardous Occurrence Investigation Report can be found in informed Filler.
Dr. Ayman Soryal
PIPSC NOSH Co-Chair
VM Group/ Vice-President