Updated August, 2021.
In 1976, Manitoba passed The Workplace Safety and Health Act. It laid out standards for safe working conditions, and outlined the responsibilities of employers to maintain those standards.
This move came shortly after Saskatchewan passed North America's very first Occupational Health Act in 1971—making Canada a strong leader in this area.
But, who is in charge of ensuring these laws are actually followed? How do we know if employers are abiding by the legislation, and punished when rules are broken?
This responsibility lies with occupational health and safety officers.
The role goes by several names. You will see titles like Health and Safety Inspector, Health and Safety Coordinator, and Health and Safety Specialist—but they all have the same goal: to uphold the law and protect employees' health and wellbeing at work.
What exactly does this job entail, and would it be a good fit for you?
Take a look at 5 good reasons to consider a career in occupational health and safety, and some helpful advice on how to get started.