Industrial Establishments Regulation
Summary of Proposal
The Ministry of Labour (the ministry) is considering and proposing various amendments to
Regulation 851 (Industrial Establishments) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
(OHSA). Regulation 851 applies to a variety of different workplaces in Ontario, including
offices and office buildings, factories, arenas, shops, restaurants and logging operations.
The regulation sets out sector-specific requirements that protect the health and safety of
Ontarians who work in these workplaces.
In developing this proposal, the Ministry of Labour has focused on amendments related
to working at heights, a high-risk activity that is one of the ministry’s topic priorities. The
ministry has, in partnership with our occupational health and safety system partners,
developed an action plan to help reduce the number of injuries and fatalities due to falls
in Ontario. Falls of less than three metres (under 10 feet) are among the leading causes of
injuries resulting in workers missing time at workplaces in Ontario’s industrial sector.