If you’re charged with a safety violation, you may try to raise a due diligence defence. But if you fail to properly train your workers, that defence is almost sure to fail.
Why? Because Canadian OHS laws require employers to provide workers with information and instruction for their health and safety. The duty to provide such training to workers fulfills their right to know, one of the tenets of the internal responsibility system. And providing appropriate and adequate training is a key element of an effective OHS program, which is necessary to prove due diligence.
To learn more about the relationship between training and due diligence, attend our one-hour webinar on Wednesday Oct. 19, 2016
Our speaker, David Marchione, an OHS Consultant with Fasken Martineau, will review the legal duties of employers surrounding worker training and will provide practical advice on how employers can move toward due diligence with respect to that training. Topics to be covered will include:
- Minimum health and safety training requirements
- Workplace specific hazard training
- Training as it applies to contractors.
As always, at the end of the presentation, there will be a 15-minute Q&A session during which you can ask questions about worker training.
(And don’t forget that next week, on Sept. 28, 2016, we’re holding another webinar on controlling incriminating responses to serious workplace safety incidents with David Myrol, a partner at McLennan Ross LLP.)
David Marchione is an OHS Consultant with an extensive background in policy and procedure development, workplace incident investigations and legislative compliance audits. He’s an accomplished presenter with the ability to develop and deliver training programs on topics such as JHSC certification, workplace incident investigation and due diligence. He has delivered training at all levels of both large and small organizations. In addition, David is a licensed Paralegal as well as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional and a Certified Health and Safety Consultant.