Condominium corporations undertaking construction projects should be aware of their obligations pursuant to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and, specifically, recent amendments to the regulation requiring occupational health and safety awareness training.
The regulation imposes obligations on “employers” for construction projects. Condominium corporations may be considered an “employer”, which includes someone who contracts for services of a worker and not just someone who is in the traditional employer/employee relationship. Condominium corporations should obtain proof from contractors and/or sub-contractors that the training requirements have been complied with. Prior to commencing a project, consider consulting legal counsel to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.