The Regulation comes as a result of the Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational
Health and Safety Report, and aims to increase
awareness of basic rights and responsibilities with respect to
workplace health and safety issues among workers and supervisors.
The training requirements will apply to all workplaces covered
under OHSA, regardless of workplace size or sector.
Under the Regulation, all supervisors (and others with authority
over a worker) and all workers are subject to the training
programs, irrespective of their employment status (full-time,
part-time, seasonal, etc.). Workers must complete the training
program as soon as reasonably possible after they start performing
work for an employer, and supervisors have one week from the date
they begin working in a supervisory capacity to complete the
Minimum Content Requirements
The content of the training programs required by the Regulation
differs for workers and supervisors, but generally includes the
following topics: duties and rights of workers under OHSA; duties
of employers and supervisors under OHSA; roles of health and safety
representatives and joint health and safety committees under OHSA;
roles of the Ministry of Labour, Workplace Safety and Insurance
Board and other safety system partners; common workplace hazards
(and, for supervisors, how to recognize, assess and control such
hazards and how to evaluate those controls); Workplace Hazardous
Materials Information System (WHMIS) requirements regarding
information and instruction on controlled products; occupational
illness, including latency (supervisors only); and sources of
information on occupational health and safety (supervisors
The Regulation contains limited exemptions to the training
requirements. Both workers and supervisors who have previously
completed a training program which meets the minimum requirements
of the Regulation, either with their current employer or a previous
employer, do not have to retake the training if they can provide
proof of completion of such training and verify that it meets the
requirements of the Regulation. With respect to supervisors, those
who have completed a supervisor training program before July 1,
2014 with proof that such training program meets the requirements
of the Regulation are not required to take an additional worker
training program. It is the employer's responsibility to verify
that previous training programs received by workers and supervisors
meet the requirements set out in the Regulation.
Employers are required to maintain records of training program
completed by its employees (or, where an exemption applies, a
record of the exemption). Employers must also, on request, be
prepared to provide written proof of training completion. If an
employee's employment ends, he or she can make a request for
such written proof from the employer within six months of the date
the employee ceases performing work for the employer.
Employers are not required to develop new training programs or
hire external training providers to deliver training programs; they
can simply modify existing training programs to meet the
requirements of the Regulation, or use the training program
materials developed by the Ministry of Labour, which are accessible
online on the Ministry of Labour website at no cost (see: Workers and Supervisors).
Employers should ensure that they review their current training
practices to ensure that they meet the requirements of the new
Regulation before July 1, 2014.
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