WORKING AT HEIGHTS TRAINING PROGRAM STANDARD – MINISTRY OF LABOUR
BAYSHORE OHSS is Ministry of Labour Approved to deliver this training.
The standard is has become mandatory April 1st 2015 and will later be expanded to all sectors.
Training programs designed to meet this new standard will improve knowledge about fall hazards and safety practices, including:
- proper inspection of equipment for damage
- procedures for setting up, relocating or removing protective equipment, such as guardrails
- demonstrations and hands-on training on fall-arrest equipment and other devices to keep workers safe
- information on workplace protections and worker’s rights
The new standard builds on existing protections in place for those working at heights, establishing a consistent and high quality level of training for workers across the province. It was developed with input from across various sectors that included business, organized labour, health and safety organizations, and other experts.
BILL 132 ADRESSING SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE
On September 8th, 2016, Bill 132 became law. The Occupational Health and Safety Act has been revised to include defining Workplace Sexual Harassment. This means companies must include provisions in the Violence and Harassment Policies and Programs for dealing with issues of this nature. This includes but is not limited to written harassment programs in consultation with the Joint Health and Safety Committee or Health and Safety Representative, measures or procedures for workers to report incidents of workplace harassment to a person other than the employer or supervisor if the employer or supervisor is the alleged harasser and set out how incidents or complaints will be investigated and dealt with.
Effective immediately, the new definition of worker under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) expands coverage of the OHSA to unpaid co-op students, certain other learners and trainees participating in a work placement in Ontario.
Specifically, the new definition of worker now includes:
- Unpaid secondary school students who are participating in a work experience program, authorized by the school board that operates the school in which the students are enrolled,
- Other unpaid learners participating in a program approved by a post-secondary institution, and,
- Any unpaid trainees who are not employees for the purposes of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) because they meet certain conditions.
Volunteers are not covered by this new definition of worker.
If you are an unpaid co-op student, learner or trainee as described above, you now have the same rights under the OHSA as paid workers such as the right to know about hazards and to refuse unsafe work. You also have the same duties as a paid worker, such as wearing and using protective equipment and not doing anything that may harm or endanger yourself or others in the workplace.
If you are an employer or supervisor, this means that you have the same duties towards an unpaid co-op student and other unpaid trainees and learners at your workplace that you have toward your paid workers.
Source – Ministry of Labour
Ontario Regulation 279/13 is now law!!!
MANDATORY HEALTH AND SAFETY TRAINING FOR ALL WORKERS AND SUPERVISORS
All workplaces had until July 1st, 2014 to train their employees and supervisors unless training has taken place and that training meets the requirements set out in the legislation.
Training is only required once and is transferable from employer to employer. Records of this training must be retained.
Supervisor Training – This training is for all personnel who supervise others or directs work. This means everyone from the owner including (CEO, executives, managers, department heads, foreman, team leads and lead hands)
Employee Training – This training will impact every business, level of municipal government and not-for profit organizations.
UPCOMING CHANGES TO LADDER REGULATIONS ON CONSTRUCTION SITES
As of July 1st 2016, Ontario Regulation 213/91 (Construction Regulations) will prohibit the use of type II and Type III ladders on construction sites. Only types I, IA and IAA will be allowed.
Max Load Capacity Type
375 lbs. IAA
300 lbs. IA
Transition to WHMIS 2015
Bayshore OHSS is now offering “Transition to WHMIS 2015″ Training.
The new training combines both systems that are currently in use until the deadline December 1st, 2018.
Changes to Suspended Access Equipment Requirements (Swing Stages) Jan.1, 2017
New requirements are coming into effect for Suspended Access Equipment.
- Introducing a requirement for notifying the Ministry of Labour prior to putting suspended access equipment into service for the first time at a project;
- Introducing requirements for roof plans and site-specific work plans;
- Introducing training requirements for workers who may use or inspect suspended access equipment;
- Enhancing existing design, operational, technical and engineering requirements
- Strengthening and enhancing existing inspection, testing and maintenance requirements by prescribing more prescriptive provisions for the regulated party; and,
- Miscellaneous amendments to clarify certain requirements.
(Source Ministry of Labour)