Is your business federally regulated or provincially regulated ?
Occupational Health & Safety Regulations apply to all types of business. As a business owner you need to know if you are federally regulated or provincially regulated. Here is a quick break down of what makes up a federally regulated workplace.
The labour rights and responsibilities of about 12,000 enterprises and 820,000 of their employees are defined by the Canada Labour Code. These employees account for six percent of all Canadian workers.
If you are employed by one of the following businesses and industries, you are more than likely working in a federally regulated sector:
marine shipping, ferry and port services
air transportation, including airports, aerodromes and airlines
railway and road transportation that involves crossing provincial or international borders
canals, pipelines, tunnels and bridges (crossing provincial borders)
telephone, telegraph and cable systems
radio and television broadcasting
grain elevators, feed and seed mills
uranium mining and processing
businesses dealing with the protection of fisheries as a natural resource
many First Nation activities
most federal Crown corporations
private businesses necessary to the operation of a federal act
If you do not work for one of the above, the employment standards that regulate your health & safety at work are defined by your provincial or territorial ministry of labour.