This training is mandatory for all workers and supervisors whose
workplace is covered by the Occupational Health and Safety
Act, regardless of industry.
For many employers, the simplest way to comply is to have your
workers and supervisors complete the Ministry of Labour's free
e-learning module, print the certificate of completion, and provide
the certificate to you before July 1st.
Employers can also offer in-person training programs that are
tailored to the specific requirements of their workplace, as long
as the training meets the minimum content requirements set out in
the regulation. If employers are providing in-person
training, it may be wise to have the presenter, throughout the
presentation, refer employees to the corresponding material in the
Ministry of Labour workbooks, in order to ensure that all of the
required material is covered.
As mentioned in our
February 25, 2014 article, a Ministry of Labour inspector has
advised us that, immediately after July 1st, inspectors
will likely issue a reminder to employers who have not conducted
the training by the deadline. Employers who continue to be
non-compliant with the regulation will likely receive a compliance
order, and in cases of ongoing failure, could be charged and
If you require additional information on how to comply with this
new regulation, see:
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