Your responsibilities as an employer
Recently, an employee at a Nova Scotia boatyard reported to the emergency room of his local hospital to have his eyes flushed. The reason? Fibreglass dust contamination that could have been prevented with the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
Because his injury was sustained at work, the hospital was obligated by law to report it to the provincial Department of Environment & Labour. An inspector was at the shop within days and the boatyard has been served with a detailed compliance order covering many aspects of the provincial Occupational Health & Safety Act.
In 2004 NSBA produced an “Occupational Health & Safety Handbook for Boatbuilders”, detailing everyone’s rights and responsibilities – workers, supervisors and employers – as well as industry-specific information about how to comply with Nova Scotia’s regulations.
This handbook is FREE to all employees of NSBA Members! You can order copies anytime from the NSBA office.
Briefly though, the most important thing you as an employer need to remember is this: You have a responsibility to comply with the Occupational Health & Safety Act and other regulations, and to make sure that supervisors and employees do so as well.
If you would not want a provincial labour inspector coming to your shop, you may need some guidance on how to maintain a safe working environment for you and your employees.