(Jan. 16/13) The Ontario Ministry of Labour is proposing new regulation that requires employers ensure all employees complete mandatory occupational health and safety awareness training programs. Requirements apply to anyone who meets the current definitions of “worker” or “supervisor” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), regardless of sector. Employers must keep ongoing records of employee training completion.
The proposal includes a transition period for employers to ensure existing employees have completed awareness training programs before regulation takes effect. Government anticipates the new regulation will be filed by July 1, 2013, and take effect Jan. 1, 2014.
CRFA has urged government not to burden Ontario employees with another legislated training requirement. Instead, we are recommending the inclusion of OHSA training in high school curriculum.
Our comments on the proposed regulation will aim to minimize the burden on operators, and ensure timelines are reasonable and enforcement is educational. Comments are due to government by Feb. 4, 2013.
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