Regulatory Health And Safety

Have you been charged under a regulatory statute? If you are facing charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), Employment Standards Act, 2000, Environmental Protection Act, Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA), or other statute, this can mean major ramifications for you and your company.

At Devry Smith Frank LLP (DSF), we understand how difficult and frustrating it can be to be charged under these acts. Our experienced team of Regulatory, Health and Safety lawyers are here to ensure we can reduce or eliminate the charges against you and your company to obtain the most favourable outcomes for you.

Who We Represent

DSF lawyers represent all clients who have the potential to face charges under a regulatory statute including: employers, officers, directors, contractors, owners, landlords, supervisors and employees in regulatory prosecutions. Additionally, we defend employers and individuals charged under the Criminal Code for criminal negligence involving a workplace accident

We also represent corporations and individuals before administrative bodies like the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Our Regulatory, Health and Safety lawyers advise on appealing orders issued by government inspectors and officers.

Advice, Policies and Training

DSF also provides help with preventing charges and complying with court orders after you have been charged.  We provide day-to-day advice on regulatory health and safety compliance including when to discipline employees for failing to comply. We help ensure corporate compliance with applicable federal and provincial laws to assist our clients in defending and preventing future charges.

Our Regulatory, Health and Safety lawyers review and draft effective policies and procedures to ensure regulatory compliance. Some of the areas that we provide policies and training include:

  • Due Diligence for Directors, Officers and Supervisors
  • Business Code of Conduct
  • Emergency & Pandemic Planning
  • Health and Safety
  • Workplace Violence and Harassment
  • Managing Regulatory Investigations to Reduce Risk and Liability

Reducing Risk with Audits and Investigations

The DSF team can assist corporations in conducting audits (including health & safety and pay practices audits) to reduce risk and liability. After an incident, we will conduct investigations and provide advice to ensure that a director or officer can properly defend any regulatory charges.

For further information or assistance on Regulatory Compliance and Occupational Health and Safety matters or offences, please contact one of our Regulatory Health and Safety lawyers listed below or call our office at 416-449-1400. DSF has three convenient locations in Whitby, Barrie and Toronto to ensure knowledgeable and experienced legal help is always close.