Due Diligence Defences – Practical Tips for Defending Occupational Health and Safety Charges

Event Details

February 15, 2024
Registration/Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. ET
Session: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET

Hicks Morley Toronto Office
77 King Street West, 39th Floor
Toronto, ON

Please note registration for this event is now closed.

Fee: $369 plus $47.97 (13% HST)
Total $416.97 per person


Rulings such as R. v. Greater Sudbury (City) continue to emphasize the importance of establishing and documenting proper due diligence to better protect and defend your organization against future Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) claims. Workplace parties need to ensure they are well-equipped to support such a defence.


In this three-hour session, we will guide you through various scenarios crossing all sectors and provide an opportunity to use what you have learned to develop and hone your skills. You will leave with practical tips, checklists and resources that will enable you to better assess the potential risks associated with your workplace relationships and practices, including with third-party contractors, employees and constructors.

Audience and Learning Objectives

Developed specifically for HR professionals and health and safety professionals who want a deeper understanding of how to undertake due diligence with respect to both their internal and sub-contracting relationships, participants will leave with a deep understanding of:

  • the interactions between the various workplace parties and their distinct and overlapping obligations under the OHSA
  • how to address various scenarios for different sectors, including the impact of the ruling in v. Greater Sudbury (City)
  • strategies for critically evaluating existing due diligence processes
  • how to establish new due diligence protocols

Hicks Morley will endeavour to accommodate guests with a disability in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code guidelines and other applicable legislation. If you require any accommodations for this event, please indicate the nature of the accommodation below.

Please note that in order to maximize the experience of attendees, spaces in the workshop will be limited. We encourage you to register early to avoid disappointment.