The Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation, O. Reg. 297/13 ("Regulation"), is a new regulation, which was filed under the Occupational Health and Safety Act ("OHSA") on November 14, 2013. The Regulation requires Ontario employers to provide their workers and supervisors with basic occupational health and safety awareness training starting July 1, 2014.
These new training requirements are additional to the pre-existing OHSA obligations of Ontario employers to inform their workers of workplace-specific hazards, and to inform, instruct and supervise workers to protect their health or safety.
Employers must maintain records of any basic occupational health and safety awareness training completed, as well as any exemptions that apply to supervisors or workers. Employers must also provide supervisors and workers with proof of training completion, or any applicable exemption, upon request.
Ontario employers should be thinking about how they will develop basic occupational health and safety awareness training programs in order to bring their organizations into compliance with the Regulation by July 1, 2014.