by Brittany Tofinchio Palmer
The Ministry of Labor has proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation (O. Reg. 297/13) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS Act). These amendments would apply to employers who engage in “construction” as defined under the OHS Act, and those that perform work, as defined under the Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91), to ensure workers have completed a construction hazard awareness training program.
The proposed amendments offer two approaches to employers that would enable them to meet the aforementioned required training program:
The proposal provides a two-year transition period to ensure that employers have all existing workers complete the training before the amendment goes into force.
The Ministry of Labor is seeking public and stakeholder feedback on the following:
The deadline for comment submissions to the Ministry of Labor is August 12, 2016.