Truth About Mandatory H&S Training


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Truth About Mandatory H&S Training

  1. 1. Kathryn Kissinger HR Services 2014 Mandatory Health and Safety Training: The Truth!
  2. 2. Mandatory Safety Training-the Truth! • I would like to clarify the “rules” surrounding the upcoming Health and Safety training deadline. • Ontario employers as of July 1, 2014 will have to ensure that all current workers and supervisors have received mandatory safety awareness training. Kathryn Kissinger HR Services 2014
  3. 3. Mandatory Safety Training-the Truth! This requirement for safety awareness training is not new; it has been a part of the OHSA since its inception. However, the MOL inspectors who visit an employer’s workplace beginning in July 2014 may ask whether the employees have received, or the employer is making progress towards completing, the training. Now, inspectors will need to see proof that the training has been completed. Kathryn Kissinger HR Services 2014
  4. 4. Who Needs the Training? Mandatory for all Workplaces Covered by OHSA regardless of sector, including industrial establishments, construction projects, health care and residential facilities, mines and mining plants, and farming operations. The requirement extends to office employees and others thought to be in low-safety-risk jobs. Kathryn Kissinger HR Services 2014
  5. 5. Who Needs the Training? New Employees: The regulation will also require that any new employees must receive the worker training as soon as practicable after commencing work duties, and that new supervisors complete the supervisory safety awareness training within the first week of commencing supervisory duties. Kathryn Kissinger HR Services 2014
  6. 6. What About Previous Training? Although many employers will have already provided safety awareness training to workers and supervisors, if that training did not include all of the required topics and was not “equivalent” to the training program developed by the MOL, then the training will not meet the new legal requirement. Kathryn Kissinger HR Services 2014
  7. 7. Consequences of Missing the Deadline Employers who do not comply with the new training requirements by July 1, 2014 could be ordered by an MOL inspector to comply – meaning, they will have to scramble to complete the training in short order – or, in a worst-case scenario, they could be charged and fined. Kathryn Kissinger HR Services 2014
  8. 8. What Should Employers Do? Ontario employers should, in the very near future: • Review existing worker and supervisor training programs and consider whether they contain the content required under the new rules (check the MOL Website for the latest documents) • If there are training gaps – that is, if your current program is missing content required by the new MOL requirements – the employer must ensure that the gaps are filled as soon as possible. Kathryn Kissinger HR Services 2014
  9. 9. What Should Employers Do? Review your existing training documentation: are you able to prove that your employees have received the training that you have already done? Consider how you will document that all employees and supervisors have received the new mandatory training. If the training is not properly documented, or you cannot adequately prove that a person received the training, the MOL could still lay orders or charges. Kathryn Kissinger HR Services 2014
  10. 10. Places to Get Training Ministry of Labour: index.php Occupational Health and Safety Consultants, Inc. (in Brantford) Kathryn Kissinger HR Services 2014