Health and Safety Foundations New

Learn about the basics of occupational health and safety.

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Go back to the basics of workplace health and safety. Health and safety is critical to an organization’s success. This handbook reviews the core aspects of occupational health and safety that can be applied to help foster a safe and healthy work environment.


This handbook provides a basic summary of important occupational health and safety topics. After reading this handbook, you will be able to:

  • Describe the internal responsibility system
  • Recognize the legislative framework in Canada
  • Define due diligence
  • Define the roles and responsibilities of workplace parties
  • Recall basic worker rights
  • Understand the hazard identification, assessment, and control process


This 28-page handbook is written in clear language and outlines the foundations of health and safety. This handbook provides individuals with a basic understanding of occupational health and safety, including how workplaces can identify, assess, and control hazards in the workplace. Implementing the required hazard control measures to protect all workers can reduce incidents while increasing productivity and morale.

The information provided in this handbook is not intended to replace the requirements outlined in occupational health and safety legislation. Always check and follow the applicable jurisdiction’s regulatory requirements.

Target Audience

This handbook is for employers, managers, supervisors, workers, human resources professionals, health and safety committee members and representatives, union representatives, and anyone else with an interest in occupational health and safety.

Each publication produced by CCOHS undergoes several stages of review. As part of this review, representatives from government, employers, and labour are requested to comment on draft copies of CCOHS documents for technical accuracy and readability.

Although every effort is made to ensure accuracy and completeness of the information, it is understood that CCOHS makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of such information and assumes no liability for any damages or loss suffered as a result of any inaccuracy or incompleteness therein.


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