Worker safety orientation is expected to become mandatory in
Ontario on January 1, 2014, as we have previously advised. The
Ontario Ministry of Labour is developing an e-learning module that
workers and supervisors can take to complete the orientation, and
has now made available printed copies of its worker safety
The worker materials are called "Worker Health and Safety
Awareness in 4 Steps", and an accompanying employer guide is
available. Printed copies can be ordered by going to www.publications.serviceontario.ca and
searching for "worker awareness".
The MOL says that the supervisor materials, called
"Supervisor Health and Safety Awareness in 5 Steps", and
the accompanying employer guide, will be available in printed form
Also, the MOL says that the e-learning program will be available
later this Spring. According to the MOL, "learners will be
able to access modules on the ministry's website and print a
certificate of completion once they complete the online awareness
training."The e-learning module will, hopefully, make it
relatively easier for employers to comply with their new
obligation, as of January 1, 2014, to ensure that all workers and
supervisors have received the mandatory safety orientation. Workers
and supervisors may simply go to the MOL website, take the
orientation through the e-learning module, print the completion
certificate, and give it to their employer.
For more information on the new mandatory training obligations,
see our previous post
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