Ontario Regulation 297/13 (the
"Regulation"), made under the
Occupational Health and Safety Act, mandates that employers ensure
that their workers and supervisors complete a basic occupational
health and safety awareness training program.
The Regulation also sets out those matters that must be included
in the training program. If the worker or supervisor completed a
training program prior to the Regulation coming into force in July
2014, the training does not need to be repeated, provided that the
current employer has proof of the training and can verify that the
previous training meets the Regulation's requirements.
An employer must keep a record of the training that is completed
by its workers and supervisors, as well as by the workers and
supervisors of its contractors.
Effective April 1, 2015, there are new obligations that apply to
an employer regarding workers at construction projects, regulated
by Ontario Regulation 213/91 (the "Construction Project
Regulation"). These obligations apply where workers are
required under the Construction Project Regulation to use at least
one of the following methods of fall protection:
a travel restraint system
a fall restricting system
a fall arrest system
a safety net
a work belt
a safety belt.
In any of those situations, an employer must ensure that (1) the
worker has successfully completed a compliant working-at-heights
training program and (2) the validity period of the training has
not expired. The requirement for record keeping also applies to
workingat- heights training. A compliant program must be approved
by the Ontario Chief Prevention Officer ("CPO") as
meeting the applicable working-at-heights training program
standard. The training provider for the program must be also be
approved by the CPO as meeting the applicable standard. The
Ministry of Labour website contains a list of approved
This training is valid for three years from the date of the
successful completion of the training. In a situation where a
worker completed the appropriate training prior to April 1, 2015,
such training is only valid for a period of two years.
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