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Mine Safety: Modular Training

Safe At Work Ontario
  • Issued: October 9, 2015
  • Content last reviewed: October 2015

Disclaimer: This resource has been prepared to help the workplace parties understand some of their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and regulations. It is not legal advice. It is not intended to replace the OHSA or the regulations. For further information please see full disclaimer.

Overview

Workers risk serious injuries or even death if they are not properly trained for their job and unable to recognize hazards at their workplace.

Hazards involving equipment usage and processes can be prevented by employers developing and maintaining required training programs. Employers must ensure workers take the appropriate training program for the work they perform and their completed training is accredited by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Untrained workers could:

  • be unaware of workplace safety policies and work procedures
  • be struck by or run over by equipment
  • be subjected to unsafe ground conditions
  • misuse explosives and blasting agents

Employers, supervisors and workers have responsibilities to protect workers’ health and safety under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

Some General Duties of Workplace Parties

Employers

Some examples of employers’ OHSA duties:

  • provide information, instruction and supervision to workers on how to protect their health and safety (e.g. provide information on safe work policies and procedures specific to the workplace and type of work to be performed)
  • take every reasonable precaution in the circumstances for workers’ protection
  • ensure required measures and procedures are carried out in the workplace
  • ensure required equipment, materials and protective devices are provided and maintained in good condition
  • provide assistance to, and co-operate with, a mine’s Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) and/or a health and safety representative
  • prepare and review, at least annually, a written occupational health and safety policy for the workplace, and develop and maintain a program to implement that policy
  • post a copy of the OHSA in the workplace

Supervisors

Some examples of supervisors’ OHSA duties:

  • ensure workers comply with the OHSA and its regulations
  • ensure any equipment, protective devices or clothing required by the employer is used and/or worn by workers
  • advise workers of any potential or actual health or safety dangers known by the supervisor
  • if required, provide workers with written instructions about measures and procedures to be taken for the workers’ protection
  • take every reasonable precaution in the circumstances for workers’ protection

Workers

Some examples of workers’ OHSA duties:

  • use or operate equipment in a safe manner
  • report defects in equipment to your supervisor or employer
  • work in compliance with the OHSA and its regulations
  • report any known workplace hazards or OHSA contraventions to your supervisor or employer

Workers should be aware of their OHSA rights. This includes the right to refuse unsafe work and the right to know about any potential hazards they may be exposed to in the workplace.

Protecting workers

Employers, supervisors and trainers should encourage workers to communicate any questions or concerns they may have about modular training. Supervisors or others involved in training workers should be familiar with any health and safety concerns faced by the workers.

Compliance information

Call toll-free

Call 1-877-202-0008 any time to report critical injuries, fatalities or work refusals. Call 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday for general questions about workplace health and safety. Always call 911 in an emergency.

Disclaimer: This web resource has been prepared to assist the workplace parties in understanding some of their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the regulations. It is not intended to replace the OHSA or the regulations and reference should always be made to the official version of the legislation.

It is the responsibility of the workplace parties to ensure compliance with the legislation. This web resource does not constitute legal advice. If you require assistance with respect to the interpretation of the legislation and its potential application in specific circumstances, please contact your legal counsel.

While this web resource will also be available to Ministry of Labour inspectors, they will apply and enforce the OHSA and its regulations based on the facts as they may find them in the workplace. This web resource does not affect their enforcement discretion in any way.