The aim is to prevent and reduce work-related injury, illness, and disability. Every worker has the right to be safe at work. Management, employees, and unions have a responsibility to promote a healthy and safe work environment.

Click on the Resources, Programs, Support and Policy tabs for steps you can take:

Resources:

  • Request brochures, posters and videos from the Ontario Ministry of Labour.
  • Post safety reminders near potentially hazardous areas (such as loud noise, fall hazards and hazardous materials)

Programs:

  • Train workers for all tasks assigned to them, and check that their work is being done safely.
  • Develop a comprehensive occupational health and safety program.
  • Conduct ergonomic assessments.
  • Assess workplaces for hazards and take action to prevent harm.

Support:

Policy:

Create a Workplace Health and Safety Policy. Be specific about who is accountable and when the policy is reviewed and updated. This could include:

A workplace is an ideal setting to promote healthy lifestyle practices such as healthy eating, physical activity, cancer screening, sun protection, smoke-free living and managing your stress.

A work environment that supports healthy lifestyles makes it easier for employees to make healthier choices and contributes to reducing the risk of chronic diseases.

Click on the Resources, Programs, Support and Policy tabs for steps you can take:

Resources:

Physical Activity

Healthy Eating

Cancer Prevention and Screening

Sun Safety

Tobacco Use Prevention

  • Visit  Live Tobacco-Free for information related to quitting smoking and the law

Alcohol Misuse Prevention

Programs:

Physical Activity

  • Implement Rediscover the Stairs, a program to get your employees moving.
  • Start a workplace walking group.
  • Launch a physical activity challenge at work.
  • Educate employees on how to use fitness programs and apps to meet the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.
  • Support initiatives such as active commuting by bicycle or foot, stretch breaks, and taking the stairs.

Healthy Eating

  • Organize interactive learning and skill building opportunities such as inviting guests (chefs, gardeners, and registered dietitians) to deliver workshops. Refer to Section 5: Food Skills for Employees.

Cancer Prevention and Screening

Sun Safety

  • Promote sun safety education throughout your workplace.
  • Demonstrate to employees how to put up a shade canopy, how to use sun protective clothing and sunscreen.

Tobacco Use Prevention

  • Provide information to employees at orientation and ongoing training about how Smoke-Free Ontario Act and Toronto Smoking by-laws relate to workplace setting.
  • Contact Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600 for information about Group Smoking-Cessation Services and the STOP Program – community cessation program that provides smoking cessation treatment and counseling support to eligible Ontario smokers who want to quit smoking.
  • Find out about CAMH Nicotine Dependence Clinic services.

Alcohol Misuse Prevention

  • Educate supervisors/managers to help employees deal with problem drinking.

Support:

Physical Activity

  • Reduce occupational sitting as a health hazard.
  • Provide supports in your workplace: bike racks to promote cycling to work; space to encourage meditation and relaxation exercises at work; and changing/showering facilities on site.
  • Partner with local sports and leisure facilities to provide discounted memberships for employees.

Healthy Eating

  • Ensure employees have enough time to eat in a safe and pleasant space away from their work area. Refer to Section 6: Eating Area.
  • Provide a kitchen or food preparation area with amenities, such as a refrigerator, microwave, toaster, kettle, sink, water and dish soap.
  • Recognize and accommodate food allergies and other dietary restrictions when planning workplace functions.
  • Encourage workers to take coffee and lunch breaks away from their desks or work stations.  Refer to Section 8: Meal Breaks.
  • Demonstrate commitment to health and well-being by role modelling healthy eating practices. Refer to Section 1: Management Support.

Sun Safety

Tobacco Use Prevention

  • Provide incentives for quitting smoking.
  • Provide information on the Smokers’ Helpline (1-877-513-5333) for employees who want to quit smoking and promote Quit Contests.
  • Contact Toronto Public Health (416-338-7600) for investigation of complaints to ensure compliance with the Smoke Free Ontario Act and Municipal bylaws, and to request signage.

Alcohol Misuse Prevention

  • Develop a confidential referral system to treat problem drinking.
  • If alcohol is provided at a work-related event, know your legal responsibility by using Great tips to lower your risk as a host.

Policy:

Physical Activity

  • Create a statement in your organizational values that encourages active living at work.

Healthy Eating

  • Adopt healthy eating policies that encourage healthy food and beverage options at meetings, celebrations and events, and in cafeterias and vending machines. Refer to Section 10: Workplace Policy.

Sun Safety

Tobacco Use Prevention

Alcohol Misuse Prevention

  • Follow the City of Toronto Municipal Alcohol Policy for events where alcohol is served on City property or call 311.

Other

  • Develop policies that support a healthy work environment and include in new employee orientation and ongoing training.
  • Remind workers periodically of healthy workplace policies.
  • Develop a policy that provides flexible work hours for employees to accommodate medical appointments.

It involves the underlying beliefs, attitudes, and values that influence the interaction between people, their work, and the organization.

To foster a healthy workplace the following factors need to be addressed and promoted:

  • Psychological and social support
  • Strong leadership and clear expectations
  • Civility and respect
  • Growth and development
  • Recognition and reward
  • Engagement
  • Workload management

Click on the Resources, Programs, Support and Policy tabs for steps you can take:

Resources:

Programs:

  • Develop a peer support program.
  • Implement workplace strategies that support mental health.
  • Provide training for supervisors and managers in communication and leadership skills.
  • Offer training and learning opportunities for employees.

Support:

  • Ask employees for input about improving workplace culture through discussions or surveys.
  • Identify and address barriers that adversely impact the workplace.
  • Support work-life balance and check out the Canadian Mental Health Association work-life balance quiz.
  • Offer employees support for dealing with significant change in the workplace.
  • Include psychological support in the benefits package offered to employees.
  • Provide a quiet space for employees to use as appropriate.
  • Implement fair practices such as having manageable workloads, aiming for equity, providing choices and compensation for overtime work.
  • Develop a no messaging after hours policy.
  • Recognize and acknowledge employees’ contributions as well as significant events in a timely and fair manner.

Policy:

Create policies that support a positive workplace culture. This could include:

  • Integrating the value of employee health and a supportive environment in the organization’s mission statement.
  • Promoting an environment that is inclusive, respects diversity, and ensures a safe workspace, e.g. human rights and anti-harassment/discrimination.
  • Reducing or removing barriers to create an environment that promotes equal opportunities, fairness, and flexibility in workload management.
  • Communicating policies in new employee orientation and ongoing training.
  • Adopting inclusive language in all communications.

It consists of organizations and employees taking part in initiatives that benefit the community or society as a whole. A workplace can support social, economic, and environmental well-being by improving factors that affect the workers and the community.

Click on the Resources, Programs, Support and Policy tabs for steps you can take:

Resources:

Programs:

  • Use your skills to support an initiative that aligns with your organization’s mandate.
  • Participate in environment and energy efficient initiatives.

Support:

  • Involve employees in determining what kind of community initiatives to engage in, and allow adequate time and resources to achieve a successful outcome.
  • Provide leadership and share your expertise to support initiatives.

Policy:

Commitment to community involvement can be communicated through a mission or policy statement. This could include:

  • Working on initiatives in the community.
  • Having gender equality policies.
  • Supporting vulnerable groups.
  • Ensuring that employees know about the policy, e.g. through employee orientation.

Request a Workplace Consultation

Consultation is available to workplaces with 75 or more employees located in the City of Toronto that meet one or more of the following:

  • Are in an industry sector such as manufacturing, service, and retail
  • Employ shift workers