In an effort to improve health and safety in the workplace, the Ontario Provincial Government is introducing new training requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”).
Bill 160, which comes into force on July 1, 2014, sets out mandatory occupational health and safety awareness training to be provided to workers and supervisors.
The legislation requires employers to ensure that workers and supervisors receive training on:
For example, workers must receive information about the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (“WHMIS”), common workplace hazards and occupational illnesses. Supervisors must receive training on hazard recognition, assessment and controls, as well as training on how to evaluate the controls within the workplace.
Under Bill 160, employers are required to ensure that workers receive the basic training “as soon as practicable”, while supervisors must receive their training within one (1) week of performing work as a supervisor. Exemptions exist for both workers and supervisors, if they can prove that they previously received training that meets the requirements of the regulation. It will, however, be incumbent upon the employer to verify the adequacy of any training.
Our health and safety lawyers are equipped to provide you with the necessary assistance and advice to ensure your compliance with the legislation. Our CompClaim group can also develop and deliver customized training courses for your workers and supervisors, or provide “train the trainer” sessions for employers.
If you have any questions about the new training requirements, or any other questions relating to workplace law, please do not hesitate to contact a Mathews Dinsdale lawyer or a member of our CompClaim group.
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