The Future of Occupational Health and Safety Law in the Context of Mondialisation

Posted on Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Future of Occupational Health and Safety Law in the Context of Mondialisation

Legilslative frameworks governing the protection of workers’ health and compensation for injury and illness sustained at work are among the oldest pieces of social legislation in Canada; laws governing prevention date back to the nineteenth century, while workers’ compensation laws were  rst enacted in the early twentieth century.

This article will provide an over- view of current Canadian regulatory approaches to prevention of workplace injury and disease and compensation for their consequences, looking at the evolution of legislation from its origins until today. It will inquire as to whether Canadian occupational health and safety law is up to the challenges associated with a globalised economy, characterised by widespread sub-contracting and precarious employment, as well as externalization of hazardous work: does it still meet the needs of workers whose health is a affected by their work?

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