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“Trend to more small workplaces and fewer large ones” affecting Ontario’s safety strategy

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After stating that “many workers continue to be unaware of their workplace rights and responsibilities”, Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer, George Gritziotis, has noted a “trend to more small workplaces and fewer large ones”, and states that the trend requires “new approaches” for reaching employers and workers with safety messages.

In the same article, Mr. Gritziotis states that, “An important priority will be to establish adequate standards in the area of training and certification.”

As we have previously noted on occupationalhealthandsafetylaw.com, the Ontario Ministry of Labour intends to introduce mandatory worker and supervisor training obligations on Ontario employers.  Mr. Gritziotis’s comments may indicate that the training requirements will be more onerous than had previously been anticipated.  Stay tuned.

Mr. Gritziotis’s article can be accessed here.