Your health and safety rights and responsibilities


As an employer, you have the responsibility to:

Keep a safe and well-maintained workplace 

You are required by law to take all reasonable precautions to protect your workers from illness or injury.

Provide hazard information, proper safety equipment, training and competent supervision

  • Provide first aid training and first aid kits

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act requires you to provide specific first aid equipment and training for your workers. See a list of approved first aid trainers. For more information, download the First Aid Regulations (250.2kb, PDF) brochure. 

Put the poster in a prominent place. This poster is available in several languages and you can order one by calling us at 1-800-387-0750 or 416-344-1000, Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Follow proper procedures in case of injury:

  • Give first aid immediately
  • Get the person to a doctor or hospital if necessary
  • Investigate the incident and report the injury without delay to the WSIB. Our  eForm 7 makes it easy to report a workplace injury /illness online
  • If possible, have the worker sign your Form 7. This signature permits the worker's doctor to send you a report that helps identify what tasks your worker can take on during recovery.
  • Pay a full day's wages for the day of the injury. WSIB benefits begin the next working day after the injury occurs

Employers may have other responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including:

  • Post the Occupational Health and Safety Act

The Act is conveniently printed as a small green book. It, too, should be posted in a prominent place. You can also view the Occupational Health and Safety Act online.

  • Have worker representation for health and safety

You can get info about worker representation from the Ministry of Labour.

For more information, visit the Ministry of Labour


Workers also have rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. For more information visit the Ministry of Labour.