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Health & Safety Awareness Training Program Requirements

Employers must ensure workers complete a Health & Safety Awareness Training Program as soon as practical. This includes all workers covered under Occupational Health and Safety Legislation, regardless of what sector they work in or their employment status (full-time, part-time, seasonal, etc.).

The basic Health & Safety Awareness Training Program for workers must include instruction on the:

  • Duties and rights of workers under Occupational Health & Safety Legislation of your Province or Territory;
  • Duties of employers and supervisors under Occupational Health & Safety Legislation of your Province or Territory;
  • Roles of health and safety representatives and Joint Health & Safety Committees (JHSCs) under Occupational Health & Safety Legislation;
  • Roles of the Labour and/or Employment Standards Branch of your Province or Territory, Workers Compensation Board of your Province or Territory, and entities under Occupational Health & Safety Legislation;
  • Common workplace hazards;
  • Requirements under Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)] regarding information and instruction on controlled products; and
  • Occupational illness, including latency.

Exemption

The requirements do not apply if:

  • The worker has already completed a basic Occupational Health & Safety Awareness Training Program that covers the required content;
  • The worker provides the employer with proof of completion of that training; and
  • The employer verifies the previous training covered the required content set out under Occupational Health & Safety Legislation in your Province or Territory.

This exemption may continue to apply to future employers of the worker (if he or she changes jobs, for example). However, the worker would need to provide the future employer(s) with proof of the exemption and the future employer would need to verify the previous training met the regulatory requirements of the Occupational Health & Safety Legislation of your Province or Territory. For more information on how employers can verify the content of previous training, see General Questions and Answers of this guide.

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Excerpt from the Ministry of Labour website: http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/resources/notices.php#nov152013

When does Health & Safety Awareness Training need to be completed?

Provincial and Territorial Occupational Health & Safety Legislation requires employers to ensure workers complete a basic Health & Safety Awareness Training Program as soon as practical. While this provides employers with some flexibility, these programs must be completed as soon as reasonably possible after a worker starts performing work for an employer. It is recommended the program be completed before a worker is exposed to workplace hazards.

What are “common workplace hazards”? Are they general hazards or workplace specific?

A Health & Safety Awareness Training Program should provide workers with general information about workplace hazards. This includes what the hazards are and what protective action needs to take place if hazards are found in the workplace. This can include information about common workplace hazards such as:

In addition to general information about workplace hazards, a Health & Safety Awareness Training Program could also include information about other workplace hazards, such as those common in a particular workplace or sector.

The Health & Safety Awareness Training Program is meant to provide workers with basic, foundational information about hazards. There are other training requirements under Occupational Health and Safety Legislation that require more detailed training about specific hazards (WHMIS, confined spaces, etc.) or hazards in specific sectors (modular training for mining or logging, for example). Employers also have a general duty under Occupational Health & Safety Legislation to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker to protect his or her health and safety (refer to Regulations set out in the Legislation of your Province or Territory).

What are “entities” under Occupational Health and Safety Legislation?

Ontario:  Entities under the OHSA Section 22.5 include the Workers Health & Safety Centre, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, and four sector focused Health & Safety Associations (Workplace Safety North, Public Services Health and Safety Association, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services, and Infrastructure Health and Safety Association). These entities are health and safety system partners of the Ministry. They provide a range of services to employers and workers and are funded by the Ministry.

For other Provinces and Territories, refer to your jurisdictional Occupational Health and Safety Act.

What is an “occupational illness”?

An “occupational illness” is covered by the Workers Compensation system of your Province or Territory. In Ontario, the OHSA defines an ‘occupational illness’ to mean a condition that results from exposure in a workplace to a physical, chemical or biological agent to the extent that the normal physiological mechanisms are affected and the health of the worker is impaired thereby, and includes an occupational disease for which a worker is entitled to benefits under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997”.

What is latency?

Latency refers to the concept that some occupational illnesses may not be immediately apparent or known. Rather, there may be a period of time between the initial exposure to a physical, chemical or biological agent and the appearance of the illness or disease. This latency period can be brief or lengthy. In some cases, an occupational illness may appear years or decades after an exposure.

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