Worker Health and Safety Training -
Awareness in 4 Steps - Online Course
A basic understanding of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) is mandatory for all workers in Ontario, according to Regulation 297/13. This course provides a general introduction to workplace health and safety, covering two very important aspects:
- The rights and responsibilities related to health and safety.
- How they apply for workers, supervisors, and employees.
This course provides general health and safety awareness training according to Ontario OHSA. However, additional training may be required for specific industry sectors, hazards, or worker competencies.
Mandatory training was introduced by the Ministry of Labour on July 1, 2014, and it applies to both workers and supervisors in Ontario. In addition, companies are required to keep a training record. This course is designed for workers, defined as collaborators that meet two conditions:
- They are not in charge of a workplace.
- They do not have any other workers under their authority.
Any person who is in charge of a workplace or other workers is considered a supervisor, and the training requirements under OHSA are different. Note that workers and supervisors are defined based on their roles, and not the name of their job position. Ontario workers are the target audience of this course, but its content is also useful information for managers and Joint Health and Safety Committee members (JHSC).
This program lets workers choose between an eLearning module or a workbook. Completing the course in one sitting is recommended since it does not keep track of progress.
Health and Safety Awareness in Worksites According to OHSA
This course provides an overview of what the Ontario OHSA expects from workers and their employees. Health and safety is a shared responsibility – employers are responsible for giving all the necessary information to stay safe, and workers must follow it at all times. Workers must also be aware of common workplace hazards, which include:
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
- Slips, trips and falls.
- Working close to machinery in operation.
According to the Ontario OHSA, health and safety awareness has three important components:
- Health and safety legislation: Rights, duties and responsibilities.
- An internal responsibility system that assigns functions and duties.
- Understanding the hazards present and being able to identify them.
This course consists of four sections:
- Get on Board
- Get in the Know
- Get Involved
- Get More Help
In these sections, the course covers many important aspects of workplace health and safety:
- Worker rights and duties according to OHSA.
- Employer and supervisor duties according to OHSA.
- Understanding common workplace hazards and occupational illnesses.
- The role of Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSC), or health and safety representatives when applicable.
- The roles of the Ministry of Labour, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), and other health and safety organizations.
- Meeting the information and instruction requirements of WHMIS regulations.
This course was created using standards that will allow playback on most internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities including Apple’s iTouch, iPad, and iPhone, as well as most other smart phones and tablets including those with Android and Windows operating systems.
Average Completion Time
Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 60 minutes.
Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.
Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.