In 2010, the Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational Health and Safety recommended the development of mandatory, basic health and safety awareness training programs for all Ontario workplaces.
The Ministry of Labour proposes to introduce new regulatory requirements that would require employers to ensure that all workers and supervisors complete mandatory occupational health and safety awareness training programs. The proposed requirements would apply to everyone who meets the current definitions of “worker” and “supervisor” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
Over the past year, the Ministry has been developing and has consulted on awareness training products for workers and supervisors. If the proposed regulation is made, employers would be required to ensure that workers and supervisors have completed the training developed by the Ministry or a similar training program that would meet the minimum proposed content requirements set out in the regulation, before or shortly after commencing work duties.
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