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.