Blog Post #1374 – Awareness Program Proposed

Excerpt from the OH&S Canada magazine (June 2016)

The Ontario Ministry of Labour is seeking feedback on proposed amendments to the provincial Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) that will require construction workers to complete a hazard-awareness training program, according to a news bulletin that the Ministry issued on May 16, 2016.

The changes would apply to all workers regulated under the construction Projects regulation 213/91 and will affect the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training regulation under the OHSA. The proposal suggests two training approaches, including one based on training standards, and aims to fulfill one of the December 2010 recommendations by the Ministry’s Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational Health and Safety.

“These proposed training requirements would help provide workers with awareness of hazards in construction and the need to access the training required to prevent injuries,” Ontario Chief Prevention Officer George Gritziotis says. “We need your feedback to help us shape the future of occupational health and safety training for construction workers.”

The Ministry developed the draft of the proposed training program with assistance from employers, labour, small businesses and experts on construction safety, the bulletin states.

My opinion

The one sector in need of hazard awareness training is the construction sector. In fact, the need to begin  training is at the high school level and HRS Group Inc. Is now training at highschools. Over the next few months, HRS Group Inc. is going to be taking the ‘Working at Heights’ (WAH) program to many high schools. Norwood, Thomas A Stewart (Tass) and Kenner have received training in the past and now others in nearby jurisdictions have asked HRS Group Inc. to commit to scheduling WAH at their facilities.

HRS Group Inc. has a great team that can help you with all your health and safety needs including ‘Fall Protection’ and Working at Heights’. Contact Deborah toll free at 1-877-907-7744 or locally at 705-749-1259.

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Ensure your workplace is a safe place.

Remember – In Ontario, “ALL Accidents are Preventable”

‘Work’ and ‘Play’ safe.

Daniel L. Beal

CHSEP – Advanced Level
CEO & Senior Trainer
HRS Group Inc.



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