Health and Safety

Safe workplaces are created by people who care. Your health and safety in the workplace is protected by Nova Scotia's Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations. We are a key part of Nova Scotia's Workplace Safety and Insurance System. Our staff promote, coordinate, administer, and enforce occupational health and safety for you.
Staff Listing by Branch and Region

OH&S Positions: From time to time the OH&S Division has various positions that need to be filled. As with all Government positions these will be posted by the Nova Scotia Public Service Commission on Career Beacon.

Our Goal: To establish and enforce clear standards to reduce occupational injury and illness.

Contact us:

General Inquiries and Reporting
Toll-free: 1-800-952-2687 (24 hours) Note: this number valid only from 902 area code
Halifax Metro: 902-424-5400 (Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. only)
E-mail: ohsdivision@gov.ns.ca

Mailing Address:
OHS Division
5151 Terminal Road
PO Box 697
Halifax, NS
B3J 2T8


OHS Knowledge Base

Feature Items

Webinar Presentation: Changes to Administrative Penalty System

As you may be aware earlier this year the Administrative Penalty System underwent a review and consultation period. Anne Partridge, Executive Director (Acting) explains the review process and the upcoming changes in this webinar at an Aware-NS information session. The presentation is on YouTube and is approximately 41 minutes long; please go to NS Administrative Penalty System Review and Update Webinar.

Progress Update on the Workplace Safety Strategy

The Workplace Safety Strategy is a five year plan (2013-2017) aimed at making Nova Scotia workplaces safer. Currently there is a progress report available, outlining what has been achieved and what is being developed. If you wish to stay informed on further Workplace Safety Strategy work and progress please visit the Nova Scotia WSS web site.

OHS News

New: Dosimeter Information Sheet for Nova Scotia Dental Offices

The OH&S Act and Regulations require employers be able to verify employees are not excessively exposed to radiation; the easiest way to verify limits are not exceeded is through the use of a dosimeter. The OH&S Division has recently developed and posted in the OH&S Publications link under Guidelines and Other Documents, a Dosimeter Information Sheet regarding the use of dosimeters in dental offices.

Updated: Heat Stress Guidelines

An updated Heat Stress Guideline has been posted in the OH&S Publications link under Guidelines and Other Documents.

Lone Workers and Occupational Health and Safety Legislation an Information Guide

The OHS Division has received a number of calls regarding the legality of workers working alone. The Division has prepared a Lone Workers Information Guide to clarify the occupational health and safety requirements regarding working alone. While there are no OHS regulations that do not allow working alone, except in very specific cases such as confined space entry where an attendant is required, there are several OHS regulations that would apply to lone workers.

Bed Bugs - an OHS Information Guide

The OHS Division has received several questions regarding bed bugs in the workplace and what the possible OHS requirements may be. While there are no specific occupational health and safety regulatory requirements addressing bed bugs, there are some general requirements, similar to any potential health and safety hazard in the workplace, that would need to be met. The Bed Bugs - OHS Information Sheet outlines what hazard bed bugs pose, how to address the issues, general OHS requirements that apply and links to information resources.

OHS Act Amendments introduced towards new Administrative Penalties Regulation

On December 4, 2013 Minister Regan introduced changes (Bill No 12) to the OHS Act as a first step to implementing a new administrative penalties system. For additional information and a link to the Bill please go to New Administrative Penalties System.

UPDATE: Occupational Health and Safety Act Convictions

Table with information on convictions under the Occupational Health and Safety Act from the past five years, including the convicted employer or person, the offence and the penalty, has been updated to June 30, 2014. Note: the table has been amended to include a brief summary description of the incident.

Dental Office Interpretation - OHS Act

A guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, developed in 2011 by the Clinical Practice Committee of the Nova Scotia Dental Association has been posted to our website's Publication page under Guidelines and Other Documents, and to our OHS Knowledge Base under Hazard Alerts and Information Guides.

Updated Documents for Asbestos Management and Removal

In the 'Guidelines and other Documents' section of our Publications page there are two newly updated documents regarding the management or removal of asbestos or asbestos containing material. The documents (pdf format) are: "Managing Asbestos in the Workplace" and "Removal of friable asbestos containing material"

Updated Health and Safety Guidelines for NS Screen Based Production Industry

The Health and Safety Guidelines for NS Screen Based Production Industry has been revised; please ensure you have the most up-to-date copy (document will say "Updated February 2014" below the "1st Edition, April 2012" date). Also a Summary document was developed which highlights the revisions to the Guidelines.

CSA Standards used in OHS legislation now accessible through CSA Communities

The CSA Group has changed the link to their OHS View Access Site. The OHS View Access Site allows visitors to view OHS Standards referenced in federal, provincial and territorial OHS regulations. Originally developed in 2008, in collaboration with government OHS departments, the latest version now includes a search function allowing users to more easily locate the standard they are looking for, as well as including new references. Note: our link in the top right hand corner of the page has been updated to the new site - if you had book marked this page you may need to update your book mark.

Workplace Health and Safety Regulations

  • The Workplace Health and Safety Regulations (WHS) have come into effect. The WHS regulations contain the new and amended requirements for fall protection, rope access work, scaffolding, occupational health, and temporary workplaces on highways and will replace the current Fall Protection and Scaffolding Regulations, Occupational Health Regulations and Temporary Workplace Traffic Control Regulations.

  • With the introduction of the new Workplace Health and Safety Regulations, the existing Occupational Safety General Regulations were amended to ensure consistency across the regulations.

Information on changes to Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

  • Frequently Asked Questions: New and Revised OHS Regulations. A 15 page pdf document containing answers to questions regarding changes to OHS requirements resulting from the newly enacted Workplace Health and Safety Regulations and amended Occupational Safety General Regulations
  • Summary of Changes to OH&S Regulations. A five page pdf file of recent amendments to the OSGR and newly enacted Workplace Health and Safety Regulations. This information is provided for your convenience only and cannot be relied on in place of the regulations; it is not exhaustive, not all changes are identified here.
  • "Consolidated Regs" a pdf file of the PowerPoint presentation given at the recently held (last week of May) public information sessions

Hygiene Consultant Reports: What to Expect

  • The Division has created a guideline document on what to expect in a Hygiene Consultant Report

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Occupational Health and Safety Trust Fund

Occupational Health and Safety Administrative Penalties