The Occupational Health & Safety Division (OH&S) concentrates its efforts on safe and healthy workplaces, and work practices, and safety standards protecting the general public. The Division seeks to continuously improve the provision of its services.
The OH&S Division focuses on the promotion of the internal responsibility system. The system acknowledges the responsibility of employers and employees for workplace health and safety.
To better enable your access to valuable workplace information, the OHS Division is pleased to provide you with a new searchable OHS Knowledge Base page. As more content is added in the coming months, this important resource will further assist Nova Scotia's workplaces, including employees, employers, JOHS Committee members, and Health and Safety Representative to stay current and informed on a wide variety of occupational health and safety topics. For contact information and office locations please visit our Staff Listing by Region
The OH&S Division, through information and enforcement, affects public and workplace health and safety through:
The Division is built around two distinct sections: Inspection and Compliance Services and Investigations, Technical and Internal Services. Inspection and Compliance Services staff conduct workplace inspections and investigations throughout provincially-regulated workplaces across Nova Scotia; whereas, Investigations, Technical and Internal Services staff provide specialized inspection, investigation and technical (engineering, IT, policy development) services to internal and external clients and stakeholders, as appropriate.
The work of the Occupational Health and Safety Division is enhanced through two Councils and Boards with whom we cooperate: