This year representatives on corporate workplace safety committees in Ontario must take a new “workplace hazard” course offered by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).
The new training will add to the WSIB’s basic certification course, which is normally taken by worker and management representatives on workplace safety committees. Safety committees are required in most Ontario workplaces with more than 20 employees.
About 70,000 people have already completed basic certification training, which covers health and safety laws, hazard identification and control, investigation techniques and prevention resources.
By Dec. 31, safety representatives must take the WSIB’s Workplace-Specific Hazard Training. This second level of safety training is designed to help people identify, assess and control hazards that have caused, or could cause, workplace injuries or illness.
From now until the end of the year, the WSIB will be working with the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s 14 health and safety associations to implement the new program.
Employers can find out more about Workplace-Specific Hazard Training by contacting their health and safety association or the WSIB.