Canada Labour Code Part II
Canada Labour Code Part II - What is it?
The Code is designed to help protect the health and safety of employees in federally regulated industries and organizations. These workplaces include federal government crown corporations, communications, banking and inter-provincial transportation (by means of transport truck, airplane or train).
The purpose of the Code is to help prevent accidents and injuries to workers that may take place during the course of their employment.
What does it cover?
The Canada Labour Code – Part II covers the following:
• Duties of employers and employees
• Duties and responsibilities of safety committees
• Duties and responsibilities of managers
• Analysis of potential job hazards
• Preventing violence
• Who is covered under the Code
The preventive measures of the Code consist of the minimization and elimination of hazards and the provision of personal safety equipment, clothing, devices or materials, with the goal of ensuring the health and safety of workers.
• Marine shipping, ferry and port services
• Air transportation, including airports, aerodromes and airlines
• Railway and road transportation that involve crossing provincial or international borders
• Canals, pipelines, tunnels and bridges
• Telephone, telegraph and cable systems
• Radio and television broadcasting
• Grain elevators, feed and seed mills
• Uranium mining and processing
• Many First Nation activities
• Most federal crown corporations
• Private businesses necessary to the implementation of a federal act
Did you know that all employees are required by law to have an overview of the Canada Labour Code - Part II and the safety regulations it pertains to?
What are the duties of employers?
Canada Labour Code – Part II, Section 124, states that employers have a general obligation or duty to ensure the health and safety of every employee at the work place.
In addition, under subsection 125, employers have specific duties that apply to each work place they control and every work activity under their authority that occurs in such work places.
What are the duties of employees?
The Canada Labour Code – Part II also places several obligations on employees to help prevent occupational related injuries and diseases. Employees are obligated to take all reasonable and necessary measures to protect their health and safety and those of any other person who may be affected by their work or activities. A work place is known best by the people who work in it. Part II of the Code provides work place parties with a strong role in the identification and resolution of health and safety matters. The Code’s provisions are meant to strengthen the self-reliance of employers and employees to effectively deal with occupational health and safety issues in order to make work places safer.
Who can teach it?
The Canada Labour Code – Part II is a complex document. Jim Fidler understands and can effectively teach others about its requirements. He has significant experience in providing program-consulting services to federally regulated employers.
You can also find information about the Occupational Health and Safety Act here.