Implementing mandatory health and safety awareness training

Friday, December 20, 2013

As of July 1, 2014, all workplaces in Ontario covered under the Occupational Health and Safety Act must ensure their workers and supervisors have completed a basic health and safety awareness training program. The Ministry of Labour (MOL) has developed programs for workplaces to use in order to be in compliance.

Is the health and safety awareness training program available for free?

Yes. Employers can teach the program at their workplace by either downloading workbooks or having staff complete online training. Follow these links to access the MOL’s free resources:

Online Training: Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps
Online Training: Supervisor Health and Safety Awareness in 5 Steps
Face-to-Face Training: Workbook and Employer Guides - Worker
Face-to-Face Training: Workbook and Employer Guides - Supervisor

Does my current in-house program already cover the required curriculum?

Curriculum requirements for the health and safety awareness program can be found in Regulation 297/13, and a summary can be found in the table below. If your program covers the topics below, you can continue to use your own program. Be sure to document and maintain a record of training when each employee completes the program. This is an important requirement for Regulation 297/13.

Required Curriculum for Mandatory Training

Does Workplace Safety North offer the new mandatory health and safety awareness training?

No, but many of WSN’s courses go above and beyond the requirements of Regulation 297/13, such as:

• Act & Mining Regulations
• Act & Industrial Regulations
• The Competent Supervisor

Workplaces without a training program that covers the required curriculum are encouraged to use the programs provided by the Ministry of Labour.

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