KNOW THE LAWS: New Worker Training Requirements

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KNOW THE LAWS: New Worker Training Requirements

Here are the training requirements in the OHS laws in each jurisdiction for “new” workers:

FED OHS Regs.:

1) The employer must provide safety education to a worker shortly before he’s assigned a new activity or exposed to a new hazard [Sec. 19.6(2)(b)].

2) The employer must provide information, instruction and training on workplace violence before assigning to a worker any new activity for which a risk of workplace violence has been identified [Sec. 20.10(2)(a)].

AB OHS laws don’t have training requirements for new workers.
BC OHS Reg.:

1) “New worker” is defined as any worker who’s:

a) new to the workplace;

b) returning to a workplace where the hazards in that workplace have changed during his absence;

c) affected by a change in the hazards of a workplace; or

d) relocated to a new workplace if the hazards in that workplace are different from the hazards in his previous workplace [Sec. 3.22].

2) An employer must ensure that before a new worker begins work in a workplace, the new worker is given health and safety orientation and training specific to his workplace [Sec. 3.23(1)].

3) Sec. 3.23(2) spells out what the above orientation must cover.

4) An employer must provide a new worker with additional orientation and training if:

a) workplace observation reveals that he’s not able to perform work tasks or work processes safely; or

b) requested by the new worker [Sec. 3.24].

5) An employer must keep records of all orientation and training provided under Secs. 3.23 and 3.24 [Sec. 3.25].

MB Workplace Safety and Health Act:

Every employer must provide information, instruction and training to a worker to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, and health of the worker, before he:

a) begins performing a work activity at a workplace;

b) performs a different work activity than he was originally trained to perform; or

c) is moved to another area of the workplace or a different workplace that has different facilities, procedures or hazards [Sec. 4(4)].

Workplace Safety and Health Reg. (effective as of April 1, 2014):

1) “New worker” means a worker who’s:

a) new to the workplace;

b) moved from one area of a workplace to another area of the workplace that has different

processes or hazards;

c) relocated to a different workplace that has different processes or hazards; or

d) is returning to the same workplace but the processes or hazards in the workplace changed while he was away [Sec. 2.2.1(1)].

2) An employer must ensure that when a new worker begins work in a workplace, he’s given safety and health orientation specific to his workplace [Sec. 2.2.1(2)].

3) Sec. 2.2.1(3) spells out what the above orientation must cover.

4) An employer must keep a record of all orientations provided to new workers [Sec. 2.2.1(4)].

NB OHS laws don’t have training requirements for new workers.
NL OHS Regs. 2012:

1) If an employer is required to have an OHS program, that program must include a plan for orienting workers and supervisors in workplace and job-specific safe work practices, plans, policies and procedures, including emergency response, that are necessary to eliminate, reduce or control hazards [Sec. 12(1)(2)].

2) A new crewmember joining a fishing vessel must be instructed in accordance with the requirements of Sec. 468 at the time that he or she joins the vessel [Sec. 468(3)].

NT/NU OHS laws don’t have training requirements for new workers.
NS OHS laws don’t have training requirements for new workers.
ON OHS laws don’t have training requirements for new workers.
PE OHS laws don’t have training requirements for new workers.
QC OHS laws don’t have training requirements for new workers.
SK OHS Regs.:

1) An employer must ensure that a worker is trained in all matters that are necessary to protect his health and safety when he:

a) begins work at a place of employment; or

b) is moved from one work activity or worksite to another that differs with respect to hazards, facilities or procedures [Sec. 19(1)].

2) Sec. 19(2) spells out what the above training must cover.

YT Young and New Worker Code of Practice:

1) “New worker”  means any worker who’s:

a) new to the workplace;

b) returning to the workplace where the hazards in that workplace have changed during his absence; or

c) relocated to a new workplace where the hazards in that workplace are different from the hazards in his previous workplace [Definitions].

2) An employer must ensure that before a new worker begins work in a workplace, he’s given health and safety orientation and training specific to his workplace and job tasks [Sec. 6].

3) Sec. 7 spells out what the above orientation should cover.

4) An employer must provide a new worker with additional orientation and training when:

a) workplace observation reveals that he’s not able to perform work tasks or work processes safely; or

b) reasonably requested by a new worker who doesn’t fully understand how to perform work tasks or processes safely [Sec. 8].

5) An employer must keep records of all orientation and training provided under this Code of Practice [Sec. 13].