The Ministry of Labour (MOL) has proposed a new regulation under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) that would require all "workers" and "supervisors" (as defined in the OHSA) to complete mandatory occupational health and safety awareness training programs. Under the proposed regulation, workers or supervisors who have previously completed awareness training in accordance with minimum content requirements would not be required to be retrained. Employers regulated by the OHSA would be required to ensure that workers and supervisors completed the training developed by the MOL, or a similar training program, before or shortly after commencing employment. The MOL has indicated that the regulation would likely come into force on January 1, 2014, which would provide a period for existing workers and supervisors to complete such training (if they have not already done so).

The MOL is accepting comments this proposal until February 4, 2013. For further information, please see the MOL news release.  

Jeff Gracer (Partner at Sive, Paget & Riesel, New York)