The Ontario Ministry of Labour has received reports about
companies who are using high-pressure sales tactics to sell
occupational health and safety workplace posters, claiming
they are "official" posters.
Interestingly enough, YOW Canada's
office in Ottawa, Ontario was recently visited by one of these
companies so we've experienced this first hand. We won't
name names, but beware if you receive an aggressive phone call
or sales rep implying that they are from the ministry and
trying to sell posters. As the Ministry of Labour's news
"These companies imply a connection with the
ministry and are selling "official" posters that
they claim will satisfy legislated posting
When they visited our office, they
misrepresented themselves and came across as if they were from
the ministry and were very aggressive about "enforcing the
regulations" by selling their provincial OH&S posters.
The company that visited us used
scare tactics to sell their posters. We feel it's more
important to educate you on your legal requirements so you can
make an educated and informed decision. Always request
identification from individuals who enter your workplace.
Legitimate Ministry of Labour or Worker's Compensation reps
will have proper ID confirming their identity.
It's important to know that, in
Ontario, there are certain things that must be posted
in your workplace, such as the Employment Standards Act
poster, the Occupational Health & Safety Act and your written
Depending on your workplace and
what your employees do, various training may also required.
For example, if your employees work with or near controlled
products, WHMIS training is required. If they work with
or near confined spaces, then adequate confined space training
is required. However, make sure you know what's required
before making any decisions or buying posters and training.
To read the MOL news release,
If you have
any questions on this topic, feel free to call us at
1(866)688-2845 or email us at