Following a Christmas Eve scaffolding incident that claimed the lives of four Toronto workers in 2009, the Ontario government appointed an Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational Health and Safety to conduct a review of the province’s workplace health and safety system. The panel was led by Tony Dean and was comprised of health and safety experts representing labour, employers and academia.
Bill 160, the Occupational Health and Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, incorporated key recommendations from the Expert Advisory Panel report, and was passed in the legislature with support from all parties in May 2011.
Two key recommendations were to implement mandatory occupational health and safety awareness training for workers and supervisors in Ontario — covering over six million people across the province.
The mandatory health and safety awareness training is designed to help prevent workplace injuries by making workers and supervisors aware of their roles, rights and responsibilities in the workplace.
This new legislation now requires all workers, as well as all supervisors and managers, to complete new “Worker Health and Safety Awareness” Training by July 1, 2014.
How is Carleton implementing?
Carleton University has created online training to meet this requirement. The training is available as of May 1, 2014 by logging into cuLearn.
- All faculty and staff (including teaching assistants, contract instructors and casual employees) are required to complete the Worker Health and Safety Awareness Training module. This training will take an estimated 90 minutes to complete and can be done in stages, if necessary.
- If you are a supervisor or manager (if you have someone reporting to you – students included – you fall into this category), you are required to do the additional Supervisor Health and Safety Awareness Training which takes an estimated 75 minutes to complete. This is in ADDITION to completing the Worker Awareness Training.
- New Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training is also available. Anyone working with, or in proximity to, hazardous materials needs to complete this training.
If the required training modules do not appear when you log into cuLearn, you have the option to self-enroll using the following steps:
- Visit one or more of the following URLs to access the training in cuLearn:
After clicking on one of the links above:
- Enter your MyCarletonOne username and password
- When asked, enter the following enrollment key: ‘stay safe’
If you have questions, please contact Nancy Delcellier, assistant director, Environmental Health and Safety at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your co-operation and participation is appreciated.