New Brunswick’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act and its regulations have specific requirements that may affect your project and set the minimum standards for health and safety.
During construction, your home becomes a place of employment and as a property owner, you have legal obligations to comply with the OHS Act. Property owners must use due diligence to ensure that reasonable steps are taken to protect workers on their property, including hiring safety-conscious contractors.
During construction, your home becomes a place of employment and as a homeowner, you have legal obligations to comply with the OHS Act. Homeowners must use due diligence to ensure that reasonable steps are taken to protect employees on their property, including hiring safety-conscious contractors.
Questions for your contractor:
How long have you been in business?
What licences or qualifications do you have for your trade?
What education and training, including safety training, do you have?
Are employees regularly updated on new processes and equipment?
Do you comply with the OHS Act and its regulations?
As a homeowner, you’re not eligible to register with WorkSafeNB unless you are an employer. If you hire an independent business and are a customer of that business, then you are not eligible for WorkSafeNB insurance coverage. An independent business might look like a business that provides services to multiple customers. When you hire an independent business, you are a customer of that business and not their employer.
It is the responsibility of the business to find out whether they are required or eligible to have their own WorkSafeNB insurance coverage.
Examples of an independent business include:
As a customer, we recommend that before you hire an independent business, you always make sure that the business is registered with us and making payments as required. If it is not, as a customer you could be held responsible for its premiums. You can check the registration and payment status of a business by getting a clearance certificate from us.
If you hire an independent business that is not hiring any workers (i.e., the proprietor is doing the work) then WorkSafeNB insurance coverage is optional for that proprietor. If you want to receive the services of an unregistered proprietor, it is up to you to discuss your insurance preferences with that person before the work starts.