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Labour Relations Problems in Historical Perspective (IRE 1620)

This subject guide is meant to assist students, particularly those enrolled in IRE1620, with research papers and assignments.

Books Available Through U of T Libraries

Occupational Health & Safety

Workers' Compensation

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Occupational Health & Safety - Selected Books in the CIRHR Library

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Occupational Health & Safety - Selected Articles and Other Publications

W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2017: "Workers’ Compensation: Analysis for Its Second Century," by H. Allan Hunt and Marcus Dillender (141 pages, PDF)

Lancaster House Construction Industry Labour Law Conference 2014. Panel 1: The Impact of the Metron Case on Health and Safety Prosecutions and Other Major Caselaw Developments (request from CIRHR Library staff)
R. v. Metron Construction Corporation, 2012 ONCJ 506 (CanLII)

Lancaster House Health and Safety Conference 2014 (request from CIRHR Library staff)


  • Danger at Work: Preventing Violence, Promoting Mental Health

  • Getting Tough on Health and Safety Crime: Does Metron Signal a New Era of Sky-High Fines and Extensive Jail Time?

  • A Fireable Offence? Imposing Discipline for Health and Safety Violations

  • Sobering Thoughts: How the Supreme Court Has Changed the Law on Random Drug and Alcohol Testing

Lancaster House Workplace Safety and Insurance Conference 2014 (request from CIRHR Library staff)


  • Stress and Distress: Seeking Compensation for Violence, Harassment, and Trauma in the Workplace

  • Mum's the Word: Surreptitious Surveillance and Covert Investigations by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

  • The Top Five Compensation Cases: What Do They Say, What Do They Mean for You?

  • Pre-existing Conditions: Untangling the "Causation" Knot in Multiple-Cause Injuries

Ministry of Labour, October 2014: “Roundtable on Traumatic Mental Stress: Ideas Generated” (33 pages, PDF)

Osgoode Hall Law Journal, V. 50, No. 4 (2013): "The Limits of Voice: Are Workers Afraid to Express Their Health and Safety Rights?" by Wayne Lewchuk

Towers Watson, February 14, 2014: "Staying@Work™ Report: The Business Value of a Healthy Workforce"

Occupational Health & Safety Canada -- Daily News

Occupational Health & Safety Canada

Click here to read the latest in occupational health and safety news.

Employment Source

Employment Spectrum

EmploymentSource has Canadian Health and Safety Law, by N. Keith

Health and Safety Websites


CanOSH logo

The CanOSH website makes it easy for anyone to locate Canadian workplace health and safety information, by bringing together federal, provincial and territorial resources all in one place. Conveniently access information from government agencies responsible for workplace health and safety, workers’ compensation boards, and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).

Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada

The Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) was founded in 1919 as a non-profit organization. It was established to facilitate the exchange of information between Workers’ Compensation Boards and Commissions at a time when workers’ compensation law, policy and administration were in their infancy.

Mental Health Commission of Canada

Mental Health Commission of Canada

National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) - See more at:

National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

Championed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), and developed by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group) and the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ), the Standard is a voluntary set of guidelines, tools and resources focused on promoting employees’ psychological health and preventing psychological harm due to workplace factors.

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
Workplace Safety and Prevention Services

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) provides industry-specific health and safety products, training and consulting services to 154,000 businesses and 3.8 million employees in Ontario’s agricultural, manufacturing and service sectors.

Click on Resources on the top bar and scroll down Downloads to find documents such as:Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in your Small Business (Generic)

Infrastructure Health & Safety Association

Infrastructure Health & Safety

As part of Ontario's health and safety system, we are recognized by the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board as designated trainers and consultants.

Under Tools & Resources (main Menu on the right) you will find guides such as the : Construction Health & Safety Manual

Policy and Program Templates will get you started

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

 Advancing Healthy Workplaces

The goal of the Advancing Healthy Workplaces portal on the CCOHS website is to make information, tools and resources easily available that will help employees, employers and practitioners participate in making their workplaces healthy and safe.

Ontario Institute for Work & Health

Institute for Work and Health

IWH's goal is to protect and improve the health of working people by providing useful, relevant research. They conduct and share research with policy-makers, workers and workplaces, clinicians and health, and safety professionals.

OHS Vulnerability Measure

The OHS Vulnerability Measure, developed at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), measures the extent to which a worker may be vulnerable to occupational health and safety (OHS) risks at work. IWH research has shown that vulnerability, as measured by this tool, is associated with elevated rates of self-reported work injury and illness.

The tool assesses OHS vulnerability in four areas: hazard exposure; workplace policies and procedures; worker awareness of hazards and OHS rights and responsibilities; and worker empowerment to participate in injury and illness prevention. Using the measure, a worker is considered most vulnerable to injury and illness when exposed to hazards in the workplace in combination with inadequate workplace policies and procedures, low OHS awareness and/or a workplace culture that discourages worker participation in injury and illness prevention.

The OHS Vulnerability Measure can be used to assess worker vulnerability at a point in time. It can also be administered again at a later date after introducing an injury and illness prevention program to gauge the success of the program in reducing vulnerability.

IWH Resources for Students: Using IWH research at school

Funding Fairness - A Report on Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance System

Ontario Ministry of Labour Health & Safety

Preventing work-related illness and injury is the most important job at any workplace. Explore this Ontario Governemnt website for prevention tips or to contact a Health and Safety Association partner.

Ministry of Labour, October 2014: “Roundtable on Traumatic Mental Stress: Ideas Generated” (33 pages, PDF)

Ontario’s Integrated Health and Safety Strategy introduced December 18, 2013:

This is the province’s first integrated health and safety strategy and builds on recent Ministry of Labour initiatives to protect workers and keep them safe at work

Safe At Work Ontario is the Ministry of Labour strategy to protect workers’ health and safety on the job. The ministry enforces the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Newsroom Ministry news releases and backgrounders are organized by calendar year.

Court Bulletins are announcements about convictions for violations of Ministry of Labour

Prosecution and Conviction Statistics under Employment Standards Act, Ontario Ministry of Labour

LEGOSH Global Database on Occupational Safety and Health Legislation

The LEGOSH contains comprehensive legal information, which allows you to:

  1. Access synthesis of OSH legislation in English and authentic legal texts in original language;

  2. Compare the legislation of several countries or regions on a particular subject;

  3. Conduct customized searches;

  4. Link to national and regional OSH institutions websites, OSH databases and other relevant sources of OSH legislation, policies and information;

  5. Relate to the relevant comments of the ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (CEACR).