Workplace health and safety matters

July 3, 2014 - Tags: Employers

Workplace injuries can be costly to your business, both in time and money. Do your employees know how to work safely? Do you know your health and safety responsibilities as an employer? Knowing how to avoid or handle hazards in the workplace can help keep you and your employees safe from injury.

Training employees on the basics of health and safety is more than a good way to keep your employees safe and informed. On July 1st, basic training became a requirement in Ontario.

All employers in Ontario need to provide and keep a record of Basic Awareness Training on health and safety for their supervisors and workers. 

Under the new regulation, your training program must cover:

  • Duties and rights of workers, employers and supervisors
  • Roles of health and safety representatives and joint health and safety committees
  • The role of the organizations involved in occupational health and safety
  • Common workplace hazards
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Occupational illnesses

You must appoint a supervisor and provide training within one week of his or her start in the health and safety role. Your supervisor‘s training should include the worker training as well as training on:

  • Recognizing, assessing and controlling workplace hazards
  • Evaluating the workplace hazard controls
  • Sources of information on occupational health and safety

Employees handle hazards in the workplace better when they have been trained. Investing in the health and safety of your employees is an investment in the success of your business.

Take advantage of the free resources available to help you with the new training requirements.

You can also explore our Workplace health and safety regulations page for more information on health and safety requirements.

Please note: The new regulation gives you and your employees an introduction to the Occupation Health and Safety Act. It does not replace requirements like displaying the Health & Safety at Work: Prevention Starts Here poster or the industry specific training for the construction sector.


Posted by on July 7, 2014
Thank you for your question Wendy.

The regulations apply to all businesses in Ontario that have employees. For more specifics on the requirements, you can read
A Guide to OHSA Requirements for Basic Awareness Training
or refer to the resources page that is linked in the blog article.

You can also call the Ministry of Labour directly at 1-877-202-0008 should you need more information.

Best wishes!
Posted by on July 7, 2014
Hello Hemsa,

Thank you for your question. The requirements for training can be found on the Ministry's website: A Guide to OHSA Requirements for Basic Training Awareness.

If you still have questions about the process that you are using, contact the Ministry of Labour's Health and Safety contact centre directly at 1-877-202-0008. They are open from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, to answer your general questions.

All the best.
Posted by Wendy on July 7, 2014
I have a couple of questions:
Does this pertain to a new company that is starting off or no
does this pertain to a family own business and if you have employees that have been with you that have done this training and you didn't keep it on file do they have to redo it again.
If someone has done their training say from another company (ex: fords/military) do they have to do it again -
when were businesses notified about this change and how were they notified
If you can get back to me on this i would greatly appreciate it.
Posted by Hemsa on July 4, 2014
We are giving the options to our employees to go online, or read the booklet provided by MOL, or we train them and get the certificate kept in their files.
We are employement agency .
Please advise if that correct

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