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FEATURE Workshield Health and Safety Solutions Inc. Formed to Meet the Requirements of New Legislation (297/13) I 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. Spring/Summer 2014 41

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Generals - Spring/Summer 2014

Chairman’s Message
President’s Message
Member Milestones
Government Relations Report
Index to Advertisers
Partnering: The Deliberate Creation of Culture that Supports Collaboration
75th AGM and Conference – Scottsdale, Arizona
2014 Conference: Las Vegas
OGCA Affinity Program
OGCA 75th Anniversary Gala
The Winds of Change Help Transform the WSIB
COR Designation Provides Safety to Construction Workers and Buyers
Thinking, Working, Growing: Ledcor Group
Bill C-45: Ten Years Later
Workshield Health and Safety Solutions Inc. Formed to Meet the Requirements of New Legislation (297/13)

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