Awareness Training Programs Regulation Proposal
Bill or Act:
Occcupational Health and Safety Act
Summary of Decision:
A new regulation entitled Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training (O. Reg. 297/13) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) has been made and will come into force on July 1, 2014.The regulation:
- Requires that employers ensure that workers complete the training program as soon as practicable and supervisors complete the training within one week of performing work as a supervisor;
- Sets out the minimum content of both the worker and supervisor awareness training programs; and
- Requires employers to maintain a record of training, and provide workers and supervisors with proof of completion of the training, on request, for up to six months after the worker or supervisor stops performing work for that employer.
The regulation also contains an ?exemption? for workers and supervisors who have previously completed training programs that cover the content set out in the regulation.
Further, current supervisors who have completed a supervisor awareness training program before the regulation comes into force do not also have to complete the worker awareness training program.
The new regulation also includes existing provisions previously found in O. Reg. 780/94 (Training Programs), which is revoked.
O. Reg. 414/05 (Farming Operations) has been amended so that the requirements in the new mandatory awareness training regulation also apply to farming operations.
December 7, 2012
Summary of Proposal:
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 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.
Application and Coming Into Force
The proposed regulation would apply to all workplaces currently covered by the OHSA, regardless of sector, including but not limited to, industrial establishments, construction projects, health care and residential facilities, mines and mining plants, and farming operations.
The proposal would also allow for a transition period to allow employers time to ensure that existing workers and supervisors have completed awareness training programs before the proposed regulation comes into effect. It is anticipated that the proposed new regulation would be filed on or before July 1, 2013 and would come into force on January 1, 2014.
Awareness Training Programs Regulation Project
400 University Ave., 12th floor
July 1, 2014