The Ontario Ministry of Labour is proposing to require all
construction employers to ensure that their workers complete a new
"construction hazard awareness training" program.
This training program would be an add-on, for
"construction" employers, to the mandatory basic health
and safety training that all employers in Ontario are required to
ensure that their workers receive.
Construction employers would have two ways to comply with the
two training requirements: (1) ensure that their workers complete a
training program approved as meeting the criteria of a training
program and "provider standard" established by the
MOL's Chief Prevention Officer; or (2) complete a training
program developed by the employer, in consultation with the joint
health and safety committee, based on the learning outcomes to be
set out in a regulation.
The MOL is seeking public feedback, including on a draft
Construction Health and Safety Awareness Training Program Standard
that would set out requirements that a training program must
include in order to be approved by the Chief Prevention
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