As of July 1, 2014, a new provincial regulation will require health and safety awareness training for every worker and supervisor under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
“Supervisor” is defined in the OHSA to mean a person who has charge of a workplace or authority over a worker. In our work environment, we have determined a supervisor to include all employees who exercise a supervisory role within their duties, including:
- All supervisory and managerial staff
- Faculty members who supervise employees, graduate students or undergraduate students in a laboratory, fieldwork or other work setting
- Lead hands, whose responsibility it is to organize and oversee the work of other employees in the workplace
- Technical staff and paid graduate students assigned responsibility to supervise the work of others or the operation of a laboratory/shop
To meet the requirements of the new legislation in a timely fashion, the Safety Office has introduced an online 1-hour supervisor safety awareness course.
Go to the Safety Office's Training Programs page and click on the link for “Supervisor Safety Awareness” . Enter your UserID and password to access the material. Once you have completed the course, your training record will be updated within 24 hours in myHRinfo.