Update on Ontario’s Forthcoming Mandatory Safety Orientation Training

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The Ontario Ministry of Labour’s worker safety orientation materials should be released in their final version in “late fall/early winter”, and the supervisor materials will be piloted in the coming months with final release expected in early 2013, says Ontario’s Chief Privacy Officer in a recent update.

As we have mentioned in previous posts, the Ontario government plans to pass a regulation making worker and supervisor safety orientation training mandatory in Ontario, using the government’s training materials or equivalent materials.  The regulation has not yet been introduced.  It is expected that the government will give employers lead-time to accomplish the training before the regulation comes into effect.

We suggest that Ontario employers watch for the final versions of the Ministry of Labour worker and supervisor training materials, review them, and begin thinking about whether your company already provides equivalent safety awareness training and if not, how your company intends to meet the new training requirements.

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