Based on regulations added to Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act in November, employers are required to ensure workers and supervisors complete a basic occupational health and safety awareness program no later than July 1st, 2014. These regulations apply to all industries operating in Ontario. We're committed to making sure our training stays relevant and new regulations are examined and we provide you with the course you need to be compliant.

There are two types of training that must be satisfied: the workers and the supervisors. The following courses found in SafetySync are recommended to satisfy the requirements.

Worker Training:

  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Common Worksite Injuries
  • Hazard Management
  • Workers Compensation Board

Supervisor Training:

  • The same training as workers plus;
  • Safety Supervision

You are required to store a record of training for 6 months as well, and of course you can store your records indefinitely in SafetySync. It's great to know that when new regulations like this come along it doesn't cost you anything extra to be compliant. All the tools are at your disposal in SafetySync.

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We're proud to announce the beta launch of our brand new custom course feature. This feature, available exclusively to our Premium plan clients, will allow administrators to build their own courses that utilize PDF, Word, PowerPoint or YouTube files as the method of review. A knowledge test is then added for each lesson using true/false or multiple choice questions. Once a course is created you'll find it listed like a regular course on the Courses tab where the usual settings and statistics will be available to you.

If you're a client that has previously contracted us to create custom courses for you, you'll find these courses pre-populated in the custom course tab and you can now make changes to these courses without coming to us.

To get started with this feature head to the Training tab in the admin portal and click the Custom Courses - Beta tab. As it's currently in beta we encourage you to contact us with any questions or issues that may arise in the feature.

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GHS and Your Company

We've had a lot of clients ask us when we're going to have our new GHS course available, but unfortunately we're still waiting for the details of GHS implementation to be finalized in Canada.

GHS has already completly replaced HAZCOM in the USA, but according to the CCOHS there are still many details on the scope of GHS to come from Health Canada before it replaces WHMIS.

See the below quote on the target date for implementation of GHS from the CCOHS:

Health Canada is the government body responsible for making the required changes to the WHMIS related laws. Final regulations are expected to be published in the Canada Gazette Part II in 2014. Health Canada’s goal is to have the updated WHMIS laws in force by 2015 or later. In force means that suppliers may begin to use and follow the new requirements for labels and SDSs for hazardous products sold, distributed, or imported into Canada at that time. A transition period is expected, but the dates have not yet been announced.

Provincial and territorial WHMIS regulations will also require updating.  It is expected that jurisdictions will complete this update by June 2016.  Employers will be expected to have updated their WHMIS program and training to include the alignment with GHS at this time (exact timelines to be determined).

When the scope of GHS in Canada is finalized you can be sure we'll be adding it to the list of courses we offer exclusively in our OHSMS.

For more information head over to the CCOHS site:

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