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Ontario changing training rules for health and safety committees

New rules will allow eLearning rather than classroom sessions

February 1, 2019

TORONTO – Ontario’s Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSC) Certification Training Standard is being amended to allow the use of online learning rather than classroom sessions.

Generally, workplaces with 20 or more workers are required to have a Joint Health Safety Committee (JHSC) with one certified worker member and one certified employer member.

About 15,000 JHSC members are certified every year in Ontario.

Under the new rules, Part One JHSC training can be fully delivered via eLearning, with classroom, distance learning and blended learning as additional options.

As well, the changes adjust the minimum duration for eLearning to utilize technology and reflect self-paced learning; extend the time to complete the second part of training to within a year of completing the first part, providing more time for employers to schedule training; and simplify rules to create straightforward timelines for training and eliminate need to submit forms.

The government says the changes will mean 50,000 Ontario workplaces no longer need to send workers for a five-day classroom course, saving an estimated $5 million per year.

Details of the changes and the timeline for when the new rules take effect have not yet been announced.