Employers sometimes struggle to understand the scope of training
required by occupational health and safety legislation. The CSA
Group is developing an "Occupational Health and Safety
Training" standard for employers, and other workplace parties,
to consider using.
The CSA Group expects to publish the new training standard in
The CSA Group says, on its website,
"Each year, organizations in Canada are making significant
investments in providing safety training to workers. Training is
critical to helping ensure the health and safety of employees on
the job. To help organizations invest limited training resources
appropriately, CSA Group is developing a new standard,
Z1001– Occupational Health and Safety
Training, which will provide the essentials of managing a
health and safety training program and a way to recognize OHS
training practices . . . The Standard . . . will help organizations
to evaluate potential training programs and assist with the
selection and evaluation of training providers."
Ontario employers in particular, who will be faced with
providing a mandatory safety training program to workers, should
consider using the CSA Group standard in developing a comprehensive
safety training program. The use of such a standard could help the
employer establish the due diligence defence if charged under the
Occupational Health and Safety Act.
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