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Ontario announces new JHSC certification training standards, refresher requirements

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The Ontario Ministry of Labour has announced that new “JHSC Certification Training Standards” will come into effect in early 2015.  In the meantime, the existing “Certification Standards for Joint Health and Safety Committees, May 1996” remain in effect.

The new standards and certification requirements would include Part One training (general to all workplaces), which would have to be taken from an approved training provider; and Part Two training that would be sector-specific and would be formalized with approved training programs taken from approved training providers.

The Ministry also anticipates that the Chief Prevention Officer will establish new requirements that all certified members take refresher training within three years of certification to maintain certification status.  This would be a new requirement.

The Ministry of Labour’s announcement may be found here.