The Ministry of Labour is proposing amendments to O. Reg. 297/13 (the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation). These amendments would apply to all employers who engage in construction under the OHS Act, and would require employers to ensure that workers performing work to which O. Reg. 213/91 (Construction Regulations) applies has completed a construction hazard awareness training program.
The proposal suggests two approaches:
Approach 1 would be to successfully complete a training program approved by the ministry’s Chief Prevention Officer, while Approach 2 would be to successfully complete a training program developed by their employer, in consultation with their JH&SC, based upon learning outcomes set out in O. Reg. 297/13.
Approach 2 would be available to any employer required to have a JH&SC, and apprentices would not be eligible for training under Approach 2. There would be a two-year transition period to ensure training has taken place before the amendments would come into force.
The ministry is seeking feedback from the public and from stakeholders on all aspects of this proposal.