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Ontario Seeking Feedback On Construction Health And Safety Awareness Training

  • Issued: May 16, 2016
  • Content last reviewed: May 2016

NEWS

Ontario is consulting on proposed changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation (O. Reg. 297/13) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act that would, if approved, require employers to ensure that workers performing construction work to which the Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91) applies complete a construction hazard awareness training program.

The regulatory proposal supports the Ministry of Labour’s Construction Health and Safety Action Plan that seeks to strengthen workplace injury and illness prevention and help decrease the number of injuries, illnesses and fatalities on construction projects. In addition, the proposal is intended to fulfill Recommendation 16 from the Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational Health and Safety.

The ministry is seeking feedback on a regulatory proposal that outlines two training approaches to ensure workers receive awareness training on common construction hazards, including a training standards-based approach. The consultation is also seeking feedback on the content of the draft construction health and safety awareness training program and provider standards that would be established by the Chief Prevention Officer. The draft standards were developed by the ministry and an industry working group made up of employer, labour, small business representatives and subject matter experts.

Strengthening construction health and safety training is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

QUOTES

"Our top priority is the health and safety of our workers. These proposed training requirements would help provide workers with awareness of hazards in construction and the need to access the training required to prevent injuries and get home safely to their families every night. We need your feedback to help us shape the future of occupational health and safety training for construction workers here in Ontario."
– George Gritziotis, Chief Prevention Officer

QUICK FACTS

  • From 2009 to 2014, the construction sector represented on average 7% of total employment in Ontario. During this period, traumatic fatalities in construction accounted for 30% of traumatic fatalities in all sectors.
  • Since Ontario introduced new mandatory working at heights training standards, more than 107,000 learners have taken the new working at heights course.
  • To strengthen workplace injury and illness prevention for construction workers across the province, Ontario has created an advisory group to help the government develop and implement a Construction Health and Safety Action Plan.

Craig MacBride, Minister’s Office, 416-326-7709
Janet Deline, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405

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