Long-Term Care Homes Act
Enacted in 2010, this act defines training requirements for personal support workers in the long-term care sector, and is designed to enhance the quality of life for residents of long-term care homes by strengthening enforcement and improving care and accountability.
Occupational Health and Safety
Bill 168, Violence and Harassment in the Workplace
Changes to Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) – effective June 15, 2010 – strengthen protections for workers from workplace violence and address workplace harassment. They define workplace violence and harassment and describe employer duties for all workplaces covered by the OHSA.
Right to refuse work
The Occupational Health and Safety Act gives a worker the right to refuse work that he or she believes is unsafe. The act sets out a specific procedure that must be followed in a work refusal. It is important that workers, employers, supervisors, worker health and safety representatives and joint health and safety committee members understand this procedure.