In the first in a possible series of industry-specific certification training opportunities for WSPS member firms, WSPS and Retail Council of Canada will offer courses on existing Certification Parts One and Two training in January and February 2016, as well as a later course on new training standards that take effect March 1, 2016.
"If you have joint health and safety committee members who require certification training, don't put it off," says Rodola Sibuma, a WSPS key account manager. Sibuma's advice applies to every workplace required to have a JHSC, not just those in the retail sector. Ministry of Labour inspectors typically check on compliance on certification training requirements during workplace visits and inspections.
The ministry is revising the certification training standards to strengthen common, consistent, foundational training requirements, and to ensure high quality and consistent delivery of approved certification training programs.
Patrick Rodgerson, Retail Council of Canada's Manager of Member Programs and a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), is a firm believer in certification training. "It's important that your committee understand not only its duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, but how it can help mitigate risk in the workplace," he says.
Under WSPS's agreement with Retail Council of Canada, WSPS will offer retail-specific Certification Training Parts One and Two courses starting January 27. These courses cover current training requirements. WSPS will also offer retail-specific certification training based on the incoming standards to RCC member firms after March 1, 2016.
"RCC is committed to providing our membership with top notch retail-specific training to meet their joint health and safety committee training needs in Ontario. Connecting them with exclusive training and resources, from our trusted health and safety partner WSPS, ensures they have access to the education and support they need in advance of the new Ministry of Labour standards."
What changes as of March 1
The following changes will apply to all workplaces required to have a JHSC:
members who earn certification status under the new standards will require refresher training every 3 years to maintain their status. People who earn certification status under the current standards are considered certified for life.
Part One, Part Two and Refresher training must be taken from a Ministry of Labour-approved trainer
Parts One and Two must be completed within 6 months of the other
Part One increases from a minimum of 2 days to 3; Part Two, a minimum of 2 days
training must include interaction with an instructor
self-paced training via print-based workbooks and e-courses will no longer be available. Workplaces wishing to implement these training options must purchase them by January 29, 2016.
How your workplace can meet its certification training requirements
Here's how to understand your training options under the current and new standards:
To be certified under the current standard (and be exempt from refresher training), you must complete both Parts One and Two by February 29, 2016, with paperwork submitted to the Ministry of Labour postmarked no later than April 30, 2016.