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Health and Safety
Formed to Meet the Requirements
of New Legislation (297/13)
n early 2010, Ontario's Minister of Labour
(MOL) called for a comprehensive review
of Ontario's Health and Safety System.
An Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational
Health and Safety was assembled and chaired
by Tony Dean. The Expert Panel Report was given
to the Minister in December 2010.
The Dean Panel Report states in
Recommendations #14 Mandatory Health
and Safety Awareness Training for Workers and
#15 Mandatory Health and Safety Awareness
Training for Supervisors who are responsible
for front line workers: "the Awareness program
should be developed and maintained by the
prevention system and be free to workers,
supervisors and employers."
Enter the MOL with their Health and Safety
at Work program booklets: "Worker Health and
Safety Awareness in 4 Steps" and "Supervisor
Health and Safety Awareness in 5 Steps" supported by employer guides. Both programs are
very generic, leaving sector specific examples
and/or requirements up to the employer. The
program booklets and employer guides are provided free to employers.
Realizing that it is just a matter of time
before the legislation would be put into effect,
Construction Safety Solutions Inc. developed
Health and Safety Awareness Training Programs
for Supervisors, Workers and Office Workers and
introduced them at both the OGCA Leadership
meeting and Symposium in early 2013.
On November 15, 2013 the MOL published
O.Reg. 297/13 addressing mandatory Health
Pictured (back row) David Frame, Justin Somers, Julie Burke, Dean Franchetto: (front row)
Clive Thurston, Dan Padden.
and Safety Awareness training for all workers
and frontline supervisors in Ontario to take
effect on July 1, 2014.
As much as this type of legislation is long
overdue, it brings with it the overwhelming task
of providing appropriate Health and Safety
Awareness training for all workers and supervisors in Ontario on or before July 1, 2014.
According to WSIB Chair Elizabeth Witmer (in
a recent speech to the Toronto Board of Trade),
there are 250,000 employers in Ontario and 4
million workers. This leads one to wonder how
many of the 4 million workers will need Health
and Safety Awareness Training by July 1, 2014
(as required by O. Regulation 297/13).
Furthermore, this legislation places the tremendous responsibility on the employer.
What O. Reg. 297/13
Requires of the Employer
* An employer shall ensure that a worker who
performs work for the employer completes a
basic occupational health and safety awareness training program.
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Workshield Health and Safety Solutions Inc. Formed to Meet the Requirements of New Legislation (297/13)
The Generals - Spring/Summer 2014