Ontario's Ministry of Labour has just announced new certification training requirements for joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members that come into effect March 1, 2016. If your business has 20 or more employees, keep reading.
The ministry is implementing changes to the current training standard to provide a more interactive and consistent learning experience. A companion standard for training providers ensures high quality and consistent delivery of training programs by approved trainers. These changes result from extensive consultations with employers, labour, training providers, and others.
"Certifying JHSC members is not just about compliance," says Lina Della Mora, WSPS's director of program and training delivery. "It makes good business sense. When your employees are educated and knowledgeable about how to identify hazards and make recommendations for improvements, they're health and safety culture leaders. They help make the workplace safer for everyone."
What you need to know
Under the revised standards,
- JHSC members who achieve certification status after March 1, 2016 will require refresher training every 3 years to maintain their status
- Parts One and Two, as well as refresher training, must be taken from a MOL approved trainer
- both parts must be completed within 6 months of each other
- training must include interaction with an instructor, and consist of a minimum of 5 days: 3 for Part One; 2 for Part 2. Refresher training is an additional day
What this means for your business
- If you have JHSC members who require certification training, don't put it off. Ministry inspectors will continue checking on compliance during workplaces visits and inspections.
- Any JHSC members certified before March 1, 2016 are certified for life. They won't need retraining unless they switch industry sectors. They also won't need refresher training.*
- Self-paced training via print based workbooks and e-courses will NOT be available after January 31, 2016 due to requirements set out in the new standards.
- Workplaces cannot conduct their own in-house Certification Training unless they apply through the MOL to become an approved training provider of an approved JHSC Certification Training program.
WSPS can help you meet current and future certification training requirements
We've been delivering certification training for 15 years. After March 1, 2016, WSPS will continue to offer certification training in classrooms throughout Ontario and can accommodate busy schedules with flexible onsite sessions - any shift, 24-7 - an ideal option for group training.
Learn more about the new requirements by
- checking out our easy-to-use decision tree (102 KB PDF), which guides you through the different training options before and after March 1.
- contacting WSPS Customer Care, 1-877-494-WSPS (9777), ext. 0. We have 150 consultants across the province who can help you understand your training options.
- exploring certification training options available now.
WSPS is also exploring options for meeting the requirements in the new standards through a blended approach of classroom and on-line learning. Watch for more information on blended certification training in upcoming issues of WSPS Network News.
* To be certified under the current standard (and be exempt from refresher training), you must complete Parts One and Two by March 1, 2016, with Part Two paperwork submitted to the Ministry of Labour by April 29, 2016.