Safewoods Extension Note

Health and Safety Responsibilities of Directors and Board Members

In practical terms, safety is about doing what you can do to make sure the people that work on your woodlot or community’s forest make it home safely. Often those people working there are members of your community – acquaintances, neighbours, even family. So, you likely feel a moral responsibility to do what you can to watch out for them.

There are also legal obligations attached to your role as a director, officer or board member of the organization (e.g. first nations, private company, municipality) that holds the tenure. There are two main sources – occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation and the Criminal Code.

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