EMS Section 21


About the EMS Section 21 Sub-Committee


The EMS Section 21 Sub-Committee is made up of members from Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC), Unifor, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 Canada.

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Guidance notes are developed by the EMS Section 21 Sub-Committee and are intended to assist Emergency Medical Services (EMS) employers, supervisors, workers, joint health and safety committee members (or health and safety representatives) by explaining the minimum requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations and promoting “accepted practices” in EMS to protect the health and safety of EMS personnel.


The guidance notes are distributed by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) on behalf of the Committee and made available on the Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA) website.

Approved Guidance Notes


The following guidance notes are intended to assist EMS workplaces in ensuring a healthy and safe workplace. Reference should always be made directly to the OHSA and regulations to determine the legal rights and duties of the workplace parties. It is the responsibility of all workplace parties to ensure compliance with the OHSA and the regulations.



EMS Subcommittee Meeting Minutes



Questions, Comments


For those wishing to return comments on draft Guidance Notes to the MLTSD lead, we welcome you to fill out a Reader Response Form.