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Wilfrid Laurier University Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management
October 20, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Laurier Health & Safety Awareness Training


MANDATORY awareness training for both workers and supervisors

 

Ontario Regulation (O. Reg 297/13) comes into force on July 1, 2014, setting out MANDATORY occupational health and safety awareness training to be provided to workers and supervisors.

To ensure Laurier is in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and O. Reg. 297/13, existing Laurier employees must have completed the MANDATORY Laurier Health & Safety Awareness training by September 30, 2014Supervisors are responsible for ensuring all employees complete this mandatory training. 

New employees in a supervisory role must complete the Laurier Supervisor Health & Safety Awareness training within one week of hire. All other new employees must complete the Laurier Worker Health & Safety Awareness training as soon as practicable. 

The intent of the mandatory awareness training program is to increase workers' and supervisors' knowledge of basic rights and responsibilities under the OHSA and heighten awareness of basic workplace health and safety issues.  The training promotes the Internal Responsibility System (IRS), which is based on the principle that workplace parties themselves are in the best position to identify health and safety problems and develop solutions.  Employers, supervisors and workers share in the responsibility for occupational health and safety and their roles and responsibilities are an important component of the awareness training programs.

The legislation requires employers to ensure that workers and supervisors receive training on: 

  • The rights and duties of the workplace parties under the OHSA.
  • The role of the Joint Health & Safety Committee under the OHSA.
  • The roles of the Ministry of Labour, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and Safe Workplace Associations designated under the OHSA.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR EMPLOYEES AT LAURIER?  

These regulatory requirements apply to all workplaces covered under the OHSA, regardless of sector.  All employers must ensure workers and supervisors complete an awareness training program that meets the regulatory requirements.  This training is mandatory whether a worker works on a construction project, a retail store, a factory, or in an educational institution such as Laurier.  

HOW DO I TAKE THE TRAINING?  

Click here to learn how to access My Learning Space and self register for this training OR click here and go directly to MyLS 

If you are experiencing difficulty due to errors associated with this software platform, please report your concerns to My Learning Space at myls@wlu.ca.  If you have questions regarding the content of the training, please contact Christine Haywood, Health and Safety Administrator at chaywood@wlu.ca.

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH TRAINING TO TAKE?  

  

* LAURIER SUPERVISOR HEALTH AND SAFETY AWARENESS TRAINING

(Course Code # lshsa)

* LAURIER WORKER HEALTH AND SAFETY AWARENESS TRAINING

(Course Code # lwhsa)

Under the OHSA, a supervisor is defined as "A person who has charge of a workplace or authority over a worker".

This definition is interpreted to mean someone who has authority to discipline or set the terms and conditions of employment for employees.

If you have these responsibilities included within your position, proceed to the * Laurier Supervisor Health & Safety Awareness Training.

If you do not have authority to discipline or set the terms and conditions of employment for employees included within your position, proceed to the * Laurier Worker Health & Safety Awareness Training. 

ARE FACULTY MEMBERS SUPERVISORS?  

Teaching duties alone are not likely to attract supervisory status under the OHSA.  A faculty member teaching in a classroom, for example, may have charge of students who are in a workplace, but the faculty member's teaching duties alone would not give him or her charge of a workplace in respect of any workers.

However, responsibilities will attract supervisory status under the OHSA if they involve a faculty member having authority over someone under their direct report, e.g., research assistants, teaching assistants, instructional assistants etc.  

In addition, faculty members are often responsible for research facilities based on their role as principal investigators.  They control the placement of equipment, the storage/use of materials and access.  They oversee activity in labs and often assume specific responsibilities for safety-related oversight as a condition of research funding.  They have authority over someone under their direct report, e.g., lab technicians, research assistants, students who are paid to assist them with research, etc.  These responsibilities are likely to attract supervisory status under the OHSA.

IF I HAVE COMPLETED OTHER HEALTH AND SAFETY TRAINING WITH SHERM, OR EXTERNALLY, DO I STILL HAVE TO COMPLETE THE AWARENESS TRAINING?  

Yes, the awareness training must still be completed.  The Ministry of Labour released strict guidelines on what must be included in customized employer awareness training.  To ensure Laurier is in compliance with OHSA and O. Reg. 297/13 all Laurier employees must complete this training.

HOW LONG DOES THE TRAINING TAKE?  

The session will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.  All participants must complete a mandatory quiz at the end of the session.  Failure to complete the quiz will result in an unsuccessful training completion status. 

WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO A COMPUTER?  

For employees who do not have computer access, group viewing sessions will be held to run through the awareness training.  A paper copy of the quiz must also be completed at the sessions.  Click here to register.  Note, Supervisors can register employees who may not have a username and password assigned to them.