Workers Health & Safety Centre

WHSC Certification Part II training includes new safety hazards module

Safety hazards remain stubbornly common in Ontario workplaces. Joint health and safety committees need support in their role to help control or better yet eliminate these hazards.

According to 2018 Workplace Safety and Insurance Board data workers struck by objects, by equipment, or falls on the same level were tied as the top three leading injury events frequently caused by workplace safety hazards.

To help joint health and safety committees (JHSC) and their workplaces tackle safety hazards, WHSC has significantly updated its three-hour Safety Hazards training module and is incorporating it into its JHSC Certification Part II general stream through our virtual classrooms starting February 1. The revised module is also available as an important stand-alone awareness program.

Previously focused on the industrial sector, this updated program will help learners from all sectors to identify and report workplace safety hazards and recommend proper controls to prevent injuries and deaths. Safety hazards arise from a number of working conditions, materials, equipment and tools in the workplace that can injure or kill workers, such as pinch points, heights, debris, poor housekeeping, working and walking surfaces and extreme hot or cold temperatures.

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If you have completed JHSC Certification Part I training, but need to complete Part II training now is the time to do it. Part II training must be completed within a year of completing Part I and must address at least six hazards relevant to your workplace.
WHSC’s two-day, Certification Part II general program can help you quickly comply. Offered in scheduled, virtual, real-time classrooms, the program explores six hazards common to most workplaces: 1) Noise 2) Chemical Hazards 3) Safety Hazards 4) Ergonomics and MSD’s 5) COVID-19 (Offered especially for the current crisis) and 6) Psychosocial Hazards and Workplace Mental Health.

The delivery method has changed, but all WHSC virtual Certification programs offer the comprehensive curriculum and learning outcomes many have come to trust. Programs still meet duration, content and delivery requirements of JHSC Certification training standards as approved by the Ministry of Labour’s Chief Prevention Officer. 

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For a more tailored approach, consider one of our sector-specific Certification Part II training programs or choose a minimum six modules from our hazard training modules to build a course addressing your own workplace priority hazards. To arrange for this option be sure to contact a WHSC training services representative nearest you.

Whichever option you use, all Certification training must be paid for by your employer (Reg. 297/13, S. 5(2)) and the training must happen on employer-paid time (OSHA, S. 9(36)).

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For WHSC virtual classroom training, all that is required by the participant is a high-speed internet connection and a computer with a functioning camera and audio. When registering be sure to supply the participant’s home address, as resource materials critical to successful participation will be shipped to this address.

Be sure to check out our complete schedule of virtual classroom trainingBeyond scheduled classes, and where participant numbers warrant, we can also work with you to coordinate almost any of our training courses in a virtual classroom for all workers, workplace representatives and supervisors.

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