FREE ONLINE SAFETY JOB TRAINING AVAILABLE
As the CKL safely and gradually reopens, the Ontario government has announced an investment of $3 million to provide free online health and safety training for the first time.
These virtual courses will make it easier for job seekers and workers to get essential qualifications, while practising physical distancing and preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Up to 100,000 job seekers can now take free online workplace health and safety training through Employment Ontario.
There are 10 courses on offer, which include topics such as infection control, conducting health and safety incident investigations, ladder safety, slips, trips and falls prevention, and preventing workplace violence and harassment.
Job seekers should contact an Employment Ontario service provider in their area to enroll.
In addition, worker and employer members of Joint Health and Safety Committees can now use video conferencing to take training in real-time with qualified instructors from training providers approved by Ontario's Chief Prevention Officer.
The training includes sessions on how to establish a Health and Safety Committee, resolving health and safety issues, workplace inspections, and accident investigations.
Ontario's Chief Prevention Officer is extending the time for completion of refresher training for more than 8,000 certified committee members whose certification would have expired between February 28 and August 31, 2020. They have until November 30, 2020 to renew their training, which will be easier thanks to new online options.
DID YOU ALSO KNOW?
Employment Ontario serves more than one million clients per year and has more than 700 service locations across Ontario.
A Joint Health and Safety Committee’s primary role is to identify workplace health and safety issues and bring them to the attention of the employers.
Over the last three years, an average of 37,000 people per year took Joint Health and Safety Committee certification training.