• Issued: October 2015
  • Content last reviewed: October 2015

Sections 7.1 to 7.7 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) sets out the authority of the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO). The CPO may:

  • Establish standards for training programs required under the OHSA and regulations and approve training programs that meet those standards;
  • Establish standards that a person shall meet in order to become an approved training provider, and approve such a person who meets those standards as a training provider with respect to one or more approved training programs;
  • Amend and publish established standards;
  • Apply time limits for approvals;
  • Revoke or amend an approval;
  • Make inquiries and examinations as necessary, and require those seeking program and provider approval to submit information, records or other accounts related to that approval;
  • Collect information about a worker’s successful completion of an approved training program for the purpose of maintaining records of workers who have successfully completed approved training programs;
  • Require an approved training provider to disclose to him or her information about a worker’s successful completion of an approved training program, within the timeframe and in the form specified by the CPO;
  • Establish training and other requirements that a Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) member must fulfil in order to become a certified member and to certify a committee member who fulfils the requirements;
  • Disclose information about a worker’s successful completion of an approved training program to any person (e.g. a current or potential employer) if the worker consents to the disclosure; and
  • Delegate certain of the above authorities to an employee of the Ministry of Labour, and set limitations, restrictions, conditions and requirements on the delegation.

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