Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation

Beginning July 1, 2014, Ontario employers must ensure their workers and supervisors complete a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program that complies with the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation (O. Reg. 297/13) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

The following are the general requirements of the Regulation:

For Employers:
• ensure workers complete a basic occupational health and safety awareness program
• ensure supervisors complete a basic occupational health and safety awareness program within one week of working as a supervisor
• maintain records of the training completed by workers and supervisors
• provide workers and supervisors with written proof of completion of the training, if requested

Training for workers must include instruction on:
• the duties and rights of workers, supervisors and employers under the OHSA
• common workplace hazards and occupational illnesses
• the role of joint health and safety committees (JHSCs) and health and safety representatives under OHSA
• the roles of the Ministry, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and Health and Safety Associations; and
• the requirements set out in Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Regulation

Training for supervisors must include instruction on:
• the duties and rights of workers, supervisors and employers under the OHSA
• how to identify, assess and manage workplace hazards, the roles of JHSCs and health and safety representatives under OHSA
• the roles of the Ministry, WSIB and Health and Safety Associations
• sources of information on occupational health and safety

Workers and supervisors who have previously completed a training program will not have to take the training again if they can provide proof that the training was completed as required by the Regulation.

The Ministry of Labour has produced A Guide to OHSA Requirements for Basic Awareness Training which can be accessed at http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pubs/training_guide/

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