Training

TrainingWhat is training?

Training programs offered by your health and safety association, are based on real workplace conditions and situations. The topics, information and materials are relevant, interesting and applicable, and address technical, legislative and general health and safety requirements. Training takes many forms and may include traditional classroom, on-line or web-based, self-learning applications, informal lunch-and-learn sessions, or on-the-job skill training. The portfolio of courses covers the full range of health and safety issues.

What the law says

Health and safety and prevention training is critical to keeping workers safe and workplaces free from incidents. All workers have a right to know about hazards in the workplace and to receive appropriate health and safety training. The law is specific about this: Section 25(2)(a) of the Occupational Health & Safety Act states that "...an employer shall provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker to protect the health or safety of the worker."

How training can help your business

How many injuries did your company have in the last year? What did they cost your organization? Workplace incidents and injuries can be prevented. Businesses that have taken the initiative to prevent incidents have lower injury rates than competitors who have not.

Organizations that have implemented effective safety management systems do so not just because of concern for their employees, or for legal compliance, but because they understand that superior health and safety results leads to

  • lower costs
  • improved employee relations and employee trust
  • improved productivity
  • improved protection from business interruption
  • increased public trust and improved public image
  • increased organizational capability and product/service reliability

Providing health and safety training, implemented as part of a sound health and safety policy and program, can have positive results on quality and profitability.

What you can do

Evaluate your current health and safety program and determine where additional training may be required. Contact your industry's health and safety association to learn more about what training is available.

Downloads

New worker orientation guide: laying the foundation for a safety culture

New worker orientation guide: laying the foundation for a safety culture

How does the MOL define "new worker"? What are the different roles for employers, supervisors and workers? What should you tell vs. show new workers, what is the best way to communicate, what should you watch for? All this and more - including a detailed checklist you can personalize for your organization - in this four-page guide.

204 KB PDF
Orientation and General Training Information

Orientation and General Training Information

Orientation and general training information including, who needs training, when and what it should cover.
112 KB PDF
Pictograms - Hotel Motel

Pictograms - Hotel Motel

Pictograms are visual representations of an action, thing, or idea, and deliver a message to viewers. They have typically been used as warning labels or for directional purposes.

A collaborative project between the Institute for Work & Health, Ministry of Labour, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and WSPS, involved developing pictograms and companion training for identifying and controlling hazards. This download includes hazard and control pictograms, a PowerPoint presentation for training purposes and an instruction sheet that explains how to use the materials.

40000 KB ZIP

Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

Integrating health and safety into your workplace is good business.  WSPS’ consultants employ a results-based approach to health, safety and environment, focused on building self-reliance,  and enabling your organization to implement, manage and continually improve your health and safety programs.

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS is the largest Safety Group provider and one of the longest running sponsors in the province. With our extensive experience and proven track record, by working with us and other member firms participating firms can achieve better results, and qualify for WSIB rebates.

Training

Health & Safety Awareness for Supervisors (1.5 Hours)

Health & Safety Awareness for Supervisors (1.5 Hours)

Get in compliance quickly. Price includes training for up to 25 people in your workplace.

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$395.00

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers (1 Hour)

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers (1 Hour)

Get in compliance quickly. Price includes training for up to 25 people in your workplace.

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$395.00

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers (2 Hours)

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers (2 Hours)

Training Tailored to Your Workplace. Price includes training for up to 15 people in your workplace.

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$395.00

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers: Train-the-Trainer (1/2 Day)

Health & Safety Awareness for Workers: Train-the-Trainer (1/2 Day)

Do-it-yourself option to meet the mandatory training requirements.

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$295.00

The Effective Trainer (2 days)

The Effective Trainer (2 days)

NEW! Build internal capacity for impactful training delivery
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$519.00

Tractor Safety - Learning the Basics

Tractor Safety - Learning the Basics

NEW! This half-day instructor led course will focus on safe procedures for working with, on and around tractors.

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$149.00

WHMIS 1988 & WHMIS 2015 for Workers

WHMIS 1988 & WHMIS 2015 for Workers

NEW! Worker training in both WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015 / GHS

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Articles

MOL extends working at heights training deadline for certain workers

MOL extends working at heights training deadline for certain workers

In response to employer requests, Ontario's Ministry of Labour has extended a deadline for working at heights training. The extension applies only to workers who, before April 1, 2015, met the fall protection training requirements set out in subsection 26.2(1) of O. Reg. 213/91.

May 15, 2017
How to stay ahead of the New and Young Worker MOL blitz

How to stay ahead of the New and Young Worker MOL blitz

Many workplaces see "training" as a formal exercise delivered by outside experts, but it doesn't have to be, says WSPS key account manager Rodola Sibuma. "It can happen in small increments every day or every week, because you already have on-site experts who can deliver this training - your supervisors."

Apr 10, 2017
Lockout: follow this 6 step template

Lockout: follow this 6 step template

The key to preventing lockout incidents, says WSPS consultant Michael Wilson, is understanding which hazardous energies you are dealing with. Up to eight potential sources must be controlled before a worker can safely carry out maintenance and repair tasks.

Mar 15, 2017
Save time and money: create training videos with your own smartphone

Save time and money: create training videos with your own smartphone

For some employers, a new season means a fresh batch of employees who need orientation training to get them up to speed quickly.

Mar 15, 2017
WHMIS 2015: 4 top training questions from employers

WHMIS 2015: 4 top training questions from employers

Canada's Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) changed on February 11, 2015 to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). This new WHMIS is called "WHMIS 2015" and the original version is now referred to as "WHMIS 1988."

Mar 03, 2016
Retailers: certification training agreement helps you meet current and new standards

Retailers: certification training agreement helps you meet current and new standards

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.

Dec 07, 2015
8 ways to build safety momentum after orientation

8 ways to build safety momentum after orientation

You've already delivered your health and safety orientation program to your young and new workers, but how do you translate it into a self-sustaining health and safety culture? In this follow-up to 7 proven tips to make your orientation training a success, Ken Jorgenson, MPS Property Services' operations manager and health and safety coordinator, describes the company's approach.

Jun 08, 2015
7 proven tips to make your orientation training a success

7 proven tips to make your orientation training a success

A decade ago, MPS Property Services decided to take a more active approach to health and safety. "We jumped in with both feet," says Ken Jorgenson, the company's operations manager and health and safety coordinator. Now, he says, "We're at a place where safety has become an everyday part of how we work." It all starts with orientation training. "For people who join the company, health and safety starts on day one."

May 13, 2015
Nail gun safety: how to tame this deadly hazard

Nail gun safety: how to tame this deadly hazard

Nail guns are powerful time savers, but can be as deadly as a weapon. Think about the training and licensing necessary before a person is permitted to purchase and operate a firearm for the purposes of hunting. How much training do we put into ensuring our nail gun operators are competent?

Jul 04, 2014
Mandatory awareness training: 4 essential facts to counter misinformation

Mandatory awareness training: 4 essential facts to counter misinformation

"There's a lot of misinformation out there about the proposed mandatory health and safety awareness training for workers and supervisors," reports Workplace Safety & Prevention Services consultant Kirsi Henry. "I'm hearing this directly from the customers I work with."

Nov 13, 2013
11 tips for maximizing training

11 tips for maximizing training

Employers may be tempted to postpone training when budgets are tight, but with today’s unlimited training options, try maximizing your return on investment instead. The ultimate return on that training investment is a safety-savvy workforce that applies what it learns, shares its knowledge and skills with others, and creates a safe, productive and profitable workplace. Here’s how to make every penny count.
Dec 13, 2011