Amendments to the Criminal Code set out in Bill C-45 (Health
& Safety Negligence) came into effect March 31, 2004. These
amendments mean dramatic new duties, new risks of investigation and
prosecution and the possibility of workplace-based criminal
liability for corporate organizations as well as individuals.
In short, any employer could be held criminally liable for not
providing and employee a safe work environment. Poor indoor
air quality or environmental pollution which causes harm to an
employee can result in civil as well as criminal prosecution under
Not providing, ensuring and investigating the status of indoor
air quality in a workplace can result in criminal charges against
the directors of a corporation, organization as well as sole
proprietors and individuals.
Not investigating air quality complaints by employees are now
considered 'negligence' and will expose the employer to be liable.
Reduce your personal and corporate liability by having regular
indoor air quality testing performed in your work environment.
Regularly investigating and managing the indoor environment will
reduce the possibility of being found negligent and thereby reduce
For more information see below.