This one-day e-learning program is provided in a tracked version which ensures each participant will receive a certificate of completion and a record of the training will be kept and retained.
A Health and Safety Representative (HSR) is required in most Ontario workplaces that regularly employ 6 to 19 workers. Some workplaces are required to have an HSR in other circumstances (see https://www.ontario.ca/page/guide-health-and-safety-committees-and-representatives#section-4).
The role of the HSR is to support health and safety in the workplace. The HSR must be selected by workers at the workplace who do not exercise managerial functions, or by the union where the workplace is unionized. (Workplaces with 20 or more employees are legally required to have a Joint Health and Safety Committee.)
To help small businesses comply with the law and strengthen their health and safety culture, the Ontario Ministry of Labour and health and safety associations (including Workplace Safety North) have developed an e-learning program that provides HSRs with the knowledge and skills they need to perform their legislated duties effectively.
This course is delivered as an online e-learning course, designed to help you learn at your own pace and in your own environment at your convenience. You will need a computer (desktop or laptop) and access to the internet.
occupational health and safety law
rights, duties, and responsibilities of workplace parties
duties and responsibilities of the HSR under the OHSA
common workplace hazards
applying the RACE methodology (recognize, assess, control, and evaluate) to a workplace hazard
health and safety resources available to workplace parties
Small Business Health and Safety Training Program
Ontario’s Small Business Health and Safety Training Program reimburses eligible small business employers for the health and safety representative training of an appointed HSR in an Ontario workplace. It covers the cost for the $25 registration fee for the HSR training course and $150 toward the cost of the representative’s training time, for training completed between July 15, 2021, to March 31, 2024.
To be eligible for the Small Business Health and Safety Training Program reimbursement, small businesses must:
regularly employ 6 to 19 workers in an Ontario workplace or be required to have a health and safety representative in other circumstances
have a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) number
keep a copy of the HSR training certificate of completion
For more information about Health and Safety Representatives and the Small Business Health and Safety Training Program, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/health-and-safety-small-businesses.
For the purpose of processing and validating an application for reimbursement under the Small Business Health and Safety Training Program, the name of the individual taking the HSR training and their email address will be disclosed to the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. By proceeding with purchasing or registering for this course, you hereby consent to the collection and processing of information, as applicable, by the Ministry and its third-party service providers for the purposes set out above. Any questions about the collection, use and disclosure of personal information for the Small Business Health and Safety Training Program can be directed to Training and Awareness Branch, Prevention Division, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development by email at PreventionFeedback@ontario.ca or by phone at 1-416-212-9871.
Existing or newly appointed worker Health and Safety Representatives. Applicable to all sectors, this course is relevant to all Ontario workplaces that regularly employ 6 to 19 workers.
Material(s) included with this course:
A computer (desktop or laptop) and access to the internet.