Your workplace may already be compliant. Find out for sure

In the three months after the awareness training became mandatory, the Ministry of Labour issued more than 1400 work orders for failing to comply. Here’s a breakdown:

827 orders for failing to train workers
529 orders for failing to train supervisors
65 orders for failing to maintain records of the training
Expect ministry inspectors to continue issuing orders wherever they encounter non-compliance.

A quick overview of the training requirements
Under the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation (O. Reg. 297/13), workers and supervisors must receive training on

their rights and responsibilities
roles of workplace parties, health and safety representatives, and joint health and safety committees
roles of the Ministry of Labour, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, and health and safety partners such as SafetWerx
Workers must also receive training on

hazard recognition
their right to be informed of hazards
an employer’s obligations to provide information and instruction to workers about controlled products as required under Regulation 860 (WHMIS) of the act
latency and illness related to occupational disease.
If these requirements sound familiar, it’s because they’re not new. They’re a long-established part of employers’ responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Training materials available at no cost
If your workplace isn’t compliant, the Ministry of Labour has training materials available free of charge. “Delivering the training is easy, easy, easy,” says Stevenson. “The workbooks are bang-on. They’re easy to understand and absorb.”

For any employers who don’t have the time or in-house resources to deliver the training, SafetyWerx consultants can do it for you. Learn more about awareness training and related SafetyWerx resources. To enquire about SafetyWerx awareness training delivery, contact Customer Care, Tel: 905-634-8000 or e-mail at: info@safetywerx.ca.

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