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.
Beginning July 1, 2014, employers in Ontario must ensure that all their workers and supervisors complete a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program. The content of the training must meet the new regulatory requirements.
The Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation (O. Reg. 297/13) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) is the new regulation that requires employers to make sure workers and supervisors complete a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program.
Besides these new requirements, employers continue to have on-going duties under the OHSA to inform workers about workplace-specific hazards. This includes the general duty to “provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker to protect the health or safety of the worker” [clause 25(2)(a)].
The training program for workers must include instruction on:
The training program for supervisors must include instruction on:
The Ministry of Labour provides a number of resources and tools to help employers and other workplace parties comply with the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation. Please note that employers are not required to use these specific ministry products in order to comply with the regulation as long as the training they provide covers the necessary content.
Workbooks and accompanying employer guides that cover the basics of occupational health and safety are available free and provide workers and supervisors with the option of completing the training program in paper format, either by printing them from a personal computer (available in English, French, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Hindi, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish and Urdu) or by ordering printed copies (available in English and French only) from Publications Ontario:
In addition, electronic (e-learning) training tools are available in English and French online for free to help employers comply with the regulation requirements:
A Guide to OHSA Requirements for Basic Awareness Training explains in plain language the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation. This guide is available free online in English and French.
To further help employers comply with the requirements of the regulation, the Ministry of Labour has developed the following awareness training guidance tools available online in English and French:
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.