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CRFA reacts to health and saftey training proposal


January 21, 2013
By CRFA

Jan. 21, 2013 – The Ontario Ministry of Labour is proposing new regulation that
requires employers ensure all employees complete mandatory occupational
health and safety awareness training programs.

Jan. 21, 2013 – The Ontario Ministry of Labour is proposing new regulation that
requires employers ensure all employees complete mandatory occupational
health and safety awareness training programs. Requirements apply to
anyone who meets the current definitions of “worker” or “supervisor”
under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), regardless of sector. Employers must keep ongoing records of employee training completion.

The proposal includes a transition period for employers to
ensure existing employees have completed awareness training programs
before regulation takes effect. Government anticipates the new
regulation will be filed by July 1, 2013, and take effect Jan. 1, 2014.

The CRFA says it has urged government not to burden Ontario employees
with another legislated training requirement. Instead, the association says it recommends the inclusion of OHSA training in high school curriculum. 

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The CRFA says its comments on the proposed regulation will aim to minimize
the burden on operators, and ensure timelines are reasonable and
enforcement is educational. Comments are due to government by Feb. 4,
2013. 


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