Health and Safety Resources



New and Emerging Health and Safety Requirements

Mandatory Ontario Poster – “Health & Safety at Work – Prevention Starts Here”
Effective October 1, 2012, inspectors in Ontario will expect compliance with the requirement to display the mandatory poster: "Health & Safety at Work - Prevention Starts Here". The poster summarizes workers’ health and safety rights and responsibilities and the responsibilities of employers and supervisors. This poster can be downloaded and printed here.

Canada Consumer Product Safety Act Brochure - Product safety is in everyone's interest. Under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act you have certain responsibilities as a supplier of consumer products.

Preparing and Maintaining Documents Fact Sheet - Retailers are required to prepare and maintain documents that indicate the name and address of the person from whom they obtained the product, the location where they sold the product and the period during which they sold the product.

Bill 168: Workplace Violence and Harassment
As of June 15, 2010, all employers will be required to comply with the new requirements under the amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Bill 168). Workplaces in Ontario where more than five workers are regularly employed will be required to have the necessary policies, programs, measures and procedures in place.

Health & Safety Posters and Safe Series
Since the launch of our poster series, RCC has distributed over 15,000 copies to retailers across Canada. Our members have used the posters in many ways including orientation packages, safety boards, and lunch rooms. RCC encourages all members to display these posters to increase awareness and participation in developing a health and safety culture at every store location.

To order copies, call Customer Service at 1-888-373-8245.

Reusable Bag Guidelines
Scanning and bagging groceries is a key process and involves a large portion of employees in a grocery store. Most of the musculoskeletal injuries result from the physical demands of scanning and bagging groceries. Although environmentally responsible, reusable bags have contributed to a number of new concerns including sprains and strains for cashiers who are handling them. Existing cash stations were not designed to accommodate the new bags which come in many shapes and sizes. This guide explores current best practices and identifies possible solutions.



Retailer's Guides: Health & Safety Series

Safety & Health Guide for New Retail Workers
As the Voice of Retail, representing more than 40,000 retail stores across Canada, Retail Council of Canada fully understands the safety issues facing today's retail workers. RCC also understands the best practices from properly — and successfully — addressing those safety issues. The Safety & Health Guide for New Retail Workers have been developed to share best practices and to help employers and new employees build safe and successful careers.

Nova Scotia Health and Safety Guide for New Retail Workers  
British Columbia Health and Safety Guide for New Retail Workers  
Manitoba Health and Safety Guide for New Retail Workers  

Useful Links:

  • Workplace Safety & Prevention Services - (WSPS) and RCC share the common goal of promoting the value of safety prevention to Canadian retail businesses. This partnership will provide information, programs, and services to retailers that create a culture of health and safety, which builds effective business practices and achieve improvements in safety performance to ensure retailers in Canada are more profitable.
  • Health & Safety Ontario Guides - Safety guides created by Health & Safety Ontario to help prevent injuries in the workplace.
  • CCOHS - Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
  • CSSE - Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
  • Ministry of Labour - Ontario Government Ministry of Labour