2017 Harvest

2017 Harvest

Friday, June 18, 2010

A Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act for Farming Operations - Ontario

Ontario's Ministry of Labour has published a guide on the Occupational Health and Safety Act for farming operations (click here).  The Occupational Health and Safety Act has been in force since 1979. Prior to June 30, 2006, all farming operations were exempt from the application of the Act. Since June 30, 2006, the Act applies, with some limitations and exceptions, to all farming operations that have paid workers. 

According to the Guide, the Act does not apply to farming operations that involve only self-employed farmers.  However, it applies at least in part wherever there are paid workers, including a spouse and children.