Ontario's New Health and Safety Awareness Training
Following a Christmas Eve scaffolding incident that claimed the lives of four workers in 2009, the Ontario government appointed an Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational Health and Safety to conduct a review of the province's workplace health and safety system. The panel was led by Tony Dean and was comprised of health and safety experts representing labour, employers and academia.
Ontario accepted and committed to implement all of the recommendations delivered in the Expert Advisory Panel's final report in 2010. Bill 160, the Occupational Health and Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, incorporated key recommendations from the Expert Advisory Panel report, and was passed in the legislature with support from all parties in May 2011.
Two key recommendations were to implement mandatory occupational health and safety awareness training for workers and supervisors in Ontario -- covering over six million people across the province.
The mandatory health and safety awareness training is designed to help prevent workplace injuries by making workers and supervisors aware of their roles, rights and responsibilities in the workplace.
How to Participate in the Training
The training can be completed individually or in groups by using online resources or hard copy workbooks prepared by the Ministry of Labour. The workbooks can be obtained in printed hard copy free from ServiceOntario and online in PDF format. The guides and workbooks are available in English, French, Simplified and Traditional Chinese characters, Hindi, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, and Urdu.
The Ministry of Labour website contains links where the following products can be accessed:
Training for Workers:
- The Employer Guide to Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps
- The Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps Workbook
- E-learning tools for worker health and safety awareness training
Training for Supervisors:
- The Employer Guide to Health and Safety Awareness in 5 Steps
- The Supervisor Health and Safety Awareness in 5 Steps Workbook
- E-learning tools for supervisor health and safety awareness training
Also available is the "Prevention Starts Here" awareness poster, available in English, French and 17 other languages.