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Environmental and Workplace Health

Occupational Health and Safety

Health Canada is working in concert with Canadian business, government and professional, trade, and community organizations to build a healthier and more productive Canadian workforce. Occupational injuries and illnesses are at record lows because of our combined efforts.

Health Canada, through its Emergency Preparedness and Occupational Health Directorate (EPOHD), provides national leadership to enhance healthy living for all working Canadians, develop health policy and advance best practices in the workplace.

Health Canada also serves as the national coordinator for the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and is responsible for the overall governance and administration of this program in Canada.

What Information is Available

This section contains information on common workplace hazards like electric and magnetic fields. You will find information on Employee Health Assessment and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). There is also information concerning workplace health and safety.

Fitness To Work

We also assist managers in setting criteria for evaluating the health of employees relative to the specific requirements of their jobs. Such evaluations may be called for when there are

  • changes in health status or working conditions;
  • concerns about continued health impairment;
  • job transfers;
  • performance-initiated health reviews;
  • return-to-work situations;
  • protocols for fitness to work evaluations.