The training became mandatory on July 1, 2014 when Ontario Regulation 297/13 came into force.
The purpose of this training is to improved occupational health and safety for Ontario’s workforce. The training fulfills two key recommendations from the Expert Advisory Panel report: that there be mandatory basic occupational health and safety awareness training for workers and supervisors. The Expert Advisory Panel reviewed the province’s occupational health and safety system and provided recommendations for its improvements.
Yes, employers must ensure everyone defined as a ‘worker’ under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) completes a basic awareness training program.
Yes, employers must ensure everyone defined as a ‘supervisor’ under the OHSA completes a basic awareness training program.
Supervisors must complete training that covers learning outcomes listed in Ontario Regulation 297/13 for both supervisors and workers (see below for Question: “What information needs to be included worker / supervisor basic awareness training program?”).
Employers must ensure workers complete the training as soon as practicable. For supervisors, the training must be completed within one week of performing work as a supervisor.
The requirements apply to all workplaces covered under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, regardless of workplace size or sector.
A basic occupational health and safety awareness training program for workers must include instruction on:
Common workplace hazards include:
A basic occupational health and safety awareness training program for supervisors must include instruction on:
Yes, the ministry has developed products, such as printed workbooks and eLearning modules, which are available and can be used to comply with the new requirements. These materials are available on the Ministry of Labour website.
The worker and supervisor workbooks, and accompanying employer guides, are available through ServiceOntario. These materials are available in English, French, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Hindi, Punjabi, Portuguese, Spanish, Urdu and Thai.
Electronic copies the workbooks and employer guides can be downloaded from the ministry’s website in English and French . Other languages including Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Hindi, Punjabi, Portuguese, Spanish, Urdu and Thai are available on demand from email@example.com.
Yes. The workbooks and employer guides, which cover the same content as the eLearning modules, can be obtained through ServiceOntario.
No. While the ministry’s products, which are free, can be used by workplace parties to comply with the new requirements, using them is not mandatory.
eLearning modules are available on the MOL website in English and French.
There is no requirement in the regulation for employers to hire private training providers to deliver basic occupational health and safety awareness training programs.
The Ministry’s basic awareness training is designed to be delivered in approximately one hour.
Yes, employers are required to keep records that a worker or supervisor has completed an awareness training program.
No, employers are not required to submit records of completion of training to the Ministry of Labour, only to retain these records for compliance purposes.
No, the regulation does not require workers and supervisors to retake awareness training programs if they change employers. However, the worker or supervisor must provide a new employer with proof that training was previously completed, and the new employer must verify that the training covered the minimum content requirements set out in the regulation.
Workers and supervisors who have completed an awareness training program that covers the minimum content requirements set out in the regulation before the regulation came into force will not be required to “re-take” the training.
Yes, the requirements apply to all workplaces currently covered under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, regardless of sector.
The regulatory proposal was subject to public consultation from December 6, 2012 until February 4, 2013.
Yes, stakeholders were consulted on all of the MOL products.
Yes, the ministry developed additional employer resources and materials to assist with compliance, including:
These materials can be downloaded from the ministry’s website at no cost.
The modules were designed to be completed in one sitting. This is to ensure the confidentiality and security of users.
The regulation only requires that a record of training be kept and this record can be any form. The certificate is only available to those who have successfully completed the occupational health and safety awareness eLearning training for workers or supervisors. Those who choose to use the printed Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps, or Supervisor Health and Safety Awareness in 5 Steps workbooks have the ability to sign their completed workbook, and in this case the signed workbook would act as a record of their training. Retention of training records for the awareness training is the responsibility of the employer.
After consultation with various stakeholder groups and government agencies the decision was made to make the occupational health and safety awareness training materials available in multiple languages. The languages used reflect current trends in the working population of Ontario.
The poster is available in: English, French, Arabic, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Igbo, Oji-Cree, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu, Vietnamese and in Braille.
The Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps and Supervisor Health and Safety Awareness in 5 Steps workbooks and associated employer guides are available in English and French on the Ministry of Labours website. Printed copies may be ordered from ServiceOntario.
The eLearning modules are available in English and French.
Electronic copies of worker and supervisor workbooks and employer guides can be downloaded in English and French. Other languages, including Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Hindi, Punjabi, Portuguese, Spanish, Urdu and Thai are available on demand from firstname.lastname@example.org.