Small businesses have unique challenges. Providing trusted training for worker health and safety representatives needn’t be among them.
Under Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act,
most workplaces which regularly employ between six and 19 workers must ensure there is at least one worker health and safety representative (HSR) selected by workers who do not exercise managerial functions.
By law, HSRs have most of the same duties as joint health and safety committee members
including the right and power to inspect the workplace, investigate injuries, fatalities and work refusals and recommend hazard control measures. Too often though small workplaces lack the resources and human resource capacity to provide the kind of training HSRs need to carry out these significant duties.
To support small businesses the government is helping eligible employers recover registration fees and lost-time wages
(to a maximum of $350, $50 for registration and $300 for wages) associated with HSR training through a limited time reimbursement program.
Register for Worker Health and Safety Representative Training!
We can help. Workers Health & Safety Centre’s (WHSC) Worker Health & Safety Representative - Smaller Workplaces
training is designed to ensure worker HSRs understand and competently fulfill their important workplace role.
Please note: Registration closes two weeks before each training date. Courses are filled online on a first-come, first-served basis.
Building capacity and competence
WHSC Worker Health & Safety Representative-Smaller Workplaces
training meets and exceeds
health and safety representative training guidelines developed by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development’s Prevention Office.
With this two-day training program participants will gain knowledge of their rights and powers under the law. They will also learn the skills necessary to develop a proper inspection procedure, to conduct an effective investigation, and to help establish, maintain, and review a workplace health and safety program.
WHSC schedules this training in real-time, online, virtual classrooms
. All that is required is a high-speed internet connection and a computer with a functioning camera, speakers, and microphone. Participants will learn from a WHSC-qualified instructor
alongside other remote learners in interactive sessions conducted from the safety of their home or workplace. To help ensure the integrity of the learning experience, smartphones are not permitted
. (Where requested we can also bring this training to the workplace by running it in an in-person classroom.)
Don’t see what you need?
Beyond the scheduled classes listed above, and where participant numbers warrant, we can work with you to coordinate almost any of our training courses
for all workers, workplace representatives and supervisors.
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Weaker OHS procedures, policies explain small employers’ higher injury risks: study (iwh.on.ca)