HR has a lot of responsibilities in the workplace, and sometimes they feel like one huge interconnected task. Everything affects everything else, and this is particularly true of the relationship between accessibility and health and safety. In both domains, employers bear enormous responsibility for ensuring compliance and anticipating employee needs.
Health and safety legislation across Canada already requires employers to do everything reasonable under the circumstances to protect workers and prevent injuries. Increasingly, jurisdictions are passing laws requiring similarly thorough efforts to remove barriers to access for persons with disabilities. Ontario and Manitoba have already enacted accessibility standards related to employment, and other provinces and the federal government have taken steps towards establishing comprehensive regulations of their own