The Ontario Ministry of Labour is piloting its new worker safety
awareness training workbook in a number of Ontario
workplaces. The Ministry states that, "The pilots are
taking place during the summer of 2012 with an anticipated launch
of the workbook in the Fall of 2012."
The pilot version of the employee workbook is available here, and an employers guide to worker
safety awareness training is available here.
May 2012 post, we had discussed the Ministry's announcement
that it intends to introduce a regulation that would require
Ontario employers to provide mandatory safety awareness training to
all workers and supervisors, using Ministry-developed materials or
The Ministry states, on its website, that "For a worker
awareness program to be mandatory, a regulation will be required
and as such, stakeholders will be consulted in the fall on the
regulatory proposal." One expects that, due to the
sweeping nature of the new safety awareness
training obligations, the Ministry will provide
substantial lead time to employers to provide the safety awareness
training to workers and supervisors.
The Ministry notes that "some employers may already provide
their workers with the information covered in this program",
and that those employers' programs may meet the new
requirements. The Ministry says that it intends to introduce
an "equivalency guideline" to allow employers
to determine whether their existing safety awareness programs
meet the new requirements.
Employers should review the new "pilot"
worker and supervisor training materials and begin thinking about
whether the employer already provides equivalent safety awareness
training, and if not, how the emloyer intends to meet the new
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