Workers Health & Safety Centre

WHSC to host conference focused on strategies and techniques for quality worker training

WHSC to host conference focused on strategies and techniques for quality worker training

Hold these Dates: June 24 & 25, 2016

Delivering the highest quality occupational health and safety training to workers and their representatives remains the WHSC’s number one priority. In our current context however ensuring continued access to this training is not without its challenges.

Ontario’s training gap

What defines health and safety training in this province is under increasing pressure. Over the years, we have all seen lectures, videos, and information passed off as training. Most recently, online resources have been added to this mix and some have even been accepted as meeting government training standards. Too often training content also downplays worker rights and employer responsibilities, ignores hazards and the hierarchy of controls and ultimately scapegoats workers for work-related illness, injury and death.
Evaluating training has been equally problematic. Many existing online attempts have no integrity to the process – no two-way participation, no evaluation of learning, and no assurance of the on-line participants’ identity. Others administer written pass/fail tests, the outcome of which potentially denies workers employment. As such, all these approaches leave worker lives and livelihoods vulnerable.

The need for discussion and action

It’s time we take better stock and take action. Workers and their representatives deserve better. As Ontario’s only government-designated, labour-endorsed health and safety training centre, we think it essential to our mandate to further important conversations about Ontario’s current health and safety training gap.
At our conference then we want to address the following questions:
  • What is training and how does it fit in the workplace health and safety program?
  • How can we ensure learning without using exam-style testing?
  • What is the role of experience, assessment and practice in training?
  • How can we design training for workers regardless of literacy or numeracy levels?
  • How can adult learning principles be applied to e-learning?
  • What does an effective mandatory training standard look like?
  • Who and what should be subject to mandatory training standards?
  • What will it take to develop and implement these standards?

Who should attend?

To help us get at the answers we invite:
  • WHSC-qualified union instructors
  • Union health and safety co-ordinators
  • Union education co-ordinators
  • Union leadership.

The logistics

Plenary and workshops: Friday, June 24, 2016, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; and
Saturday, June 25, 2016, 9:00 am - Noon
Location: Toronto Don Valley Hotel
175 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1J3
Registration fee: $50
Hotel guest rooms: $109 (single or double occupancy)
Agenda details and registration information to follow shortly.