The Ontario Ministry of Labour has previously stated that it
intends to pass a regulation requiring employers to provide safety
awareness training to all supervisors – in addition to
The Ministry has now released supervisory training materials for
consultation: a supervisor workbook and employer guide to
supervisory awareness training. The Ministry intends to make use of
those materials, or equivalent materials, mandatory.
On its website, the Ministry states that, when mandatory, the
supervisory training may be provided:
Face-to-face with one supervisor or a group of supervisors
using the workbook
Electronically through an e-learning program (the Ministry
intends to develop e-learning programs for workers and
The draft 30-page supervisor workbook is called "A
Supervisor's Guide in 5 Steps". Apart from those 5
"steps", the workbook lists 5 duties of supervisors:
1. Know the OHS Act and the various Regulations attached to it
that apply to your workplace
2. Make sure workers wear the right protective equipment
3. Tell workers about the hazards in their work
4. Plan the work so that it can be done safely
5. Make sure workers know and follow through on their health and
It will likely be several months, at the least, before the
supervisor and worker training, using the Ministry's materials
or equivalent materials, becomes legally required. In the interim,
Ontario employers – particularly large employers
– should begin thinking about the logistics of training
new and possibly current workers on those materials. (The Ministry
has previously released draft training materials for
non-supervisory workers, for consultation).
The Ministry states, "If you already provide your
supervisors with the information covered in this program through
other supervisory training, you may not need to deliver this
program. When the Ministry of Labour has completed an equivalency
guideline, it will be available to employers in order to find out
whether your program meets the required learning objectives of this
The draft supervisory workbook and employer guide may be
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