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New!! Mandatory Health & Safety Training


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New MOL requirement for all workplaces, regardless of size

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New!! Mandatory Health & Safety Training

  1. 1. Kathryn Kissinger HR Services 2013 Mandatory Health and Safety Training
  2. 2. Mandatory H&S Training I was researching some health and safety training programs last week for a client, and I called a local firm, Occupational Health and Safety Consultants Inc. (OHSC). Deanna, the very pleasant Marketing Manager, asked me if I knew about the new MOL requirement for Supervisor Training, coming into effect in January 2014. I replied that I had heard rumours but hadn’t yet seen anything. Kathryn Kissinger HR Services 2013
  3. 3. Mandatory H&S Training I am thankful to Deanna for sharing this information and to OHSC for allowing me to post this on my blog, so that you know, too! The following information is from OHSC: Ontario employers will have until January 1, 2014 to ensure that all current workers and supervisors have received new mandatory safety awareness training. Kathryn Kissinger HR Services 2013
  4. 4. Who Needs to be Trained? 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 even extends to office employees and others thought to be in low-safety-risk jobs. New Employees regulation will also require that any new employees 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. New employees or supervisors who can prove that they received the safety awareness training at a previous employer will not be required to retake that training. Kathryn Kissinger HR Services 2013
  5. 5. Previous Training May Not Be Sufficient Although many employers will have already provided safety awareness training to workers and supervisors, if that training did not include all of the above 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 2013
  6. 6. Consequences of Missing the Deadline Employers who do not comply with the new training requirements by January 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 2013
  7. 7. 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 • 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 by the end of 2013. OHS legal counsel can assist in determining whether there are gaps • 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 2013
  8. 8. More Info: To reach OHSC: Occupational Health and Safety Consultants Inc., 340 Henry St. Unit 8 Brantford P - 519-758-0146 F - 519-758-5332 Kathryn Kissinger HR Services 2013