Is your workplace hiring new and young workers this summer? If so, are you aware of significant employer obligations to protect their safety and health, including training?
Beginning May 1, 2018
, Ministry of Labour (Ministry) inspectors will commence a health, safety and employment standards enforcement blitz of retail establishments, restaurants, tourist-related businesses and other workplaces that typically hire seasonal summer staff.
Among many employer obligations the Ministry will seek to confirm employers have provided mandatory training
and competent supervision. Existence and functioning of joint health and safety committees or health and safety representatives plus proper measures and procedures to control work hazards will also be part of this enforcement initiative.
The Ministry performed a similar blitz in 2017 visiting almost 1,800 workplaces and issued 6,828 orders for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations. More than 1,000 of these orders related to non-compliance
with violence and harassment
provisions of the Act, including requirements for policies and programs and worker training. In addition, over 750 orders were issued for failure to provide basic health and safety awareness training to workers
. Other common orders related to fire safety, machine guarding, material handling and housekeeping.
For new workers, many of whom are young, compliance with these and other basic protections, including training, is particularly important given they are three times more likely to be injured
in the first month compared to those with more than one year of experience. Research demonstrates
newness to the job combined with uncontrolled hazards is at the root of these injuries.
Need to get into compliance fast? WHSC can help
WHSC offers a host of training programs to assist workplaces seeking to comply with their extensive obligations to provide information, instruction and supervision to workers to protect worker safety and health. Good places to start include Awareness Training for Workers
, supervisory competency
, violence and harassment
, and GHS WHMIS training
Beyond these programs, WHSC offers a comprehensive catalogue
of training to assist workplaces in meeting many additional specific training obligations, including, but not limited to:
Confined Space Entry
JHSC Certification Part I & II
Working at Heights training
Working at Height Refresher
Transportation of Dangerous Goods
Mobile Equipment Operator Competency.
To learn more call 1-888-869-7950 and ask to speak to a training service representative or email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Source: Workers Health & Safety Centre E-Bulletin, April 17, 2018