Proposed Regulation Regarding Mandatory Health and Safety Training for All Workers and Supervisors

The Ministry of Labour has proposed to introduce new regulatory requirements that would require employers to ensure that all workers and supervisors complete mandatory occupational health and safety awareness training programs. The proposed requirements would apply to everyone who meets the current definitions of “worker” and “supervisor” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Should the proposed regulation take effect, employers will be able to demonstrate compliance by having their workers and supervisors complete either those programs that are being developed by the Ministry of Labour, or existing or alternate programs that meet the minimum regulatory requirements.

This regulation is intended to be filed on July 1st, 2013 and will require employees to complete the training by Jan 1st, 2014.