Administrative penalties are monetary penalties that can be issued by WorkSafeNB health and safety officers. This represents a new and important measure to help officers to enforce compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS) and associated regulations.
When workplaces operate unsafely, WorkSafeNB health and safety officers have measures at their disposal including education, consultation, compliance orders and prosecutions. Administrative penalties are a new measure to motivate workplace parties to focus on safety and health. An administrative penalty is an alternative to prosecution that may be imposed on an employer, supervisor, employee or other workplace party for failing to comply with the OHS Act or regulations.
Compliance with the OHS and having health and safety measures in place will not only avoid penalties, but most importantly will mitigate the risk of injury to employees.
To learn more about administrative penalties and when they may be issued, visit: worksafenb.ca/safety-topics/administrative-penalties or call 1 800-999-9775.