The WHSC Basic Certification
program has been revised to incorporate the new noise regulation, injury/disease reporting tools and updates to case studies.
Many of the changes were driven by feedback from WHSC instructors. Instructor feedback is an essential part of our efforts
to keep Worker Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) training current and correct. We thank those instructors who take the time to provide this feedback.
Revisions are listed below by module.
Module Three (Understanding the Law)
The participant’s manual now includes information about the Noise Regulation and standards
that took effect July 1, 2016. Noise-induced hearing loss is a leading cause of occupational disease
for Ontario workers in most sectors. The new Noise Regulation extends noise protection requirements to all Ontario workplaces
under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
. Workplaces in some sectors, including construction, health care, education, farming operations and some first responders, had previously been excluded.
These protections include a maximum time-weighted exposure limit of 85 decibels over an eight-hour work shift. Employers are also required to put in place measures to reduce workers’ exposures based on a “hierarchy of controls,” which could include engineering controls, work practices, and lastly the use of personal protective equipment in the form of hearing protection devices.
It is important to note, according to the Canadian Hearing Society and many others, “in no way should 85dBA be understood to be a safe level
for unprotected exposure.” At 85dB, 15 of 100 workers will suffer.
The revisions also include updated lists of occupational health and safety-related Canadian Safety Association standards and Ministry of Labour guidelines. These resources will help training participants with many case studies and other exercises throughout the course.
Module Nine (Human Health)
Workplace Safety & Insurance Board forms for reporting work-related injuries and disease
were added as resource sheets (worker’s—form 6 and employer’s—form 7). Form 8, Health Professional’s Report, was also included. Additional information was added to the participant’s manual and the instructor’s detailed session plan to provide a brief overview about each of these resources, thus helping certified members better understand the function and purpose of each.
Module 11 (Hazard Identification)
Case studies 4, 5 and 6 in module 11 have been amended. These amendments allow for these same case studies to form the basis for worksheets in module 12 focused on assessing the hazards as identified in module 11.
On March 1, 2016, Ontario’s new Certification Program Standard took effect establishing, for the first time, a requirement for certified members of JHSCs in Ontario to complete MOL-approved refresher training
to maintain certified status. In fact anyone certified since this date must complete Certification Refresher
within three years of completing Certification Part II
and every three years thereafter. Like all Certification training, this refresher program must be delivered by an MOL-approved provider. The WHSC is an approved provider.
Unfortunately, the MOL Prevention Office excluded previously certified members from the standard. This said, refresher training will benefit all certified members and the workplaces they serve. WHSC encourages employers to provide WHSC Certification Refresher
training to all certified members.
For more information
about Basic Certification
training and an overview of the program please refer to the component form.
To book Version 13
of Basic Certification
training contact a training service representative nearest you.