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Basic Certification


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The Workers Health & Safety Centre developed this program to help workplaces meet their legal due diligence to provide basic training to health and safety representatives. It not only meets, but exceeds the minimum standards prescribed by the law for the first phase of Certification training. This program is applicable to all Ontario workplaces. Delivered over a four-day period, this program gives participants a full understanding of occupational health and safety legislation, including rights and responsibilities of workplace parties and certified representatives on joint health and safety committees in particular. This will include a full discussion about the Internal Responsibility System (IRS) and the purpose and requirements of workplace health and safety policies and programs. Equally important, participants learn how to identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, workplace hazards. For further details, see our product sheet library. *French program available.

Certification Part II - Adult Probation and Parole


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Before joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members in Ontario-regulated workplaces can become fully certified, they are required to complete a second round of training commonly known as Certification Part II training. This training is designed to help certified representatives identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, hazards specific to their workplace. The WHSC adult probation and parole sector program meets the needs of workplaces typical in this sector. This program allows workplaces to get into compliance fast. For further details see our product sheet library.

Certification Part II - Health Care & Social Services


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Before joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members in Ontario-regulated workplaces can become fully certified, they are required to complete a second round of training commonly known as Certification Part II training. This training is designed to help certified representatives identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, hazards specific to their workplace. The WHSC health care and social services sector program meets the needs of workplaces typical in this sector. This program allows workplaces to get into compliance fast. Training secured in this manner is also portable between workplaces in the sector. For further details, see our product sheet library.

Certification Part II - Manufacturing & Fabricating


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Before joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members in Ontario-regulated workplaces can become fully certified, they are required to complete a second round of training commonly known as Certification Part II training. This training is designed to help certified representatives identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, hazards specific to their workplace. The WHSC manufacturing and fabricating sector program meets the needs of workplaces typical in this sector. This program allows workplaces to get into compliance fast. Training secured in this manner is also portable between workplaces in the sector. For further details, see our product sheet library.

Certification Part II - Office & Professional


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Before joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members in Ontario-regulated workplaces can become fully certified, they are required to complete a second round of training commonly known as Certification Part II training. This training is designed to help certified representatives identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, hazards specific to their workplace. The WHSC office and professional sector program meets the needs of workplaces typical in this sector. This program allows workplaces to get into compliance fast. Training secured in this manner is also portable between workplaces in the sector. For further details, see our product sheet library.

Globally Harmonized WHMIS - 3 hours


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Intended for workers, supervisors and other workplace parties, this program offers an overview of the new GHS WHMIS. Participants will explore new standardized information, classification and communication requirements for hazardous products used, stored, handled or disposed of in the workplace. This includes new GHS-modified WHMIS labels, safety data sheets and pictograms. Like all WHSC programs, this training applies adult learning principles to ensure learning is achieved. Note: Workplaces in Ontario have begun to transition from original WHMIS to the new GHS WHMIS. During transition, which will be completed by December, 2018, employers must train workers in both original WHMIS and GHS WHMIS when both are in use. For information about original WHMIS training please call 1-888-869-7950 and speak to a WHSC training services representative.

Supervisor Health & Safety Training


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This informative one-day program is designed to help supervisors understand and fulfill all of their legal duties and responsibilities including the consequences of noncompliance. Under Ontario’s Occupational Health & Safety Act and Regulations, employers must ensure supervisors complete basic occupational health and safety awareness training in addition to knowledge and competency-based training specific to the workplace. Participants will learn about the Internal Responsibility System (IRS), the concept of due diligence and the rights and functions of the joint health and safety committee (JHSC). Detailed attention is paid to the supervisor's role in work refusals, Ministry of Labour workplace inspections and JHSC or health and safety representative inspections and investigations, all governed by the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The program also reviews relevant case law and provisions of the Criminal Code to give participants a clear understanding of their duties under this Federal statute.

Working at Heights


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Employers must ensure workers on construction projects complete a working at heights training program approved by the Ontario Ministry of Labour before a worker uses a fall restricting system, fall arrest system, safety net, work belt or safety belt. This comprehensive working at heights training program has this approval. The program is divided into two modules. In module one, participants learn about the hazards of working at heights, basic rights and duties along with relevant regulations governing fall arrest hazards, fall protection equipment and working at heights projects. They will also be introduced to the use, inspection, limitations, storage and procedures for travel restraint, fall restricting and fall arrest systems. In module two, participants get hands-on training on fall protection equipment and systems. They will also explore key components of a fall rescue plan and emergency procedures. Note: Training participants must also complete a written program evaluation as required by the MOL’s Working at Heights Training Program Standard. * French program available.

Globally-Harmonized WHMIS (eClass)

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Intended for workers, supervisors, managers and others previously trained in WHMIS, this program offers a comparative overview of original WHMIS requirements and new standardized information and communication requirements, known as Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, or GHS. Like all WHSC programs, this e-class applies adult learning principles to ensure learning is engaging, relevant and achieved. Participant learning is supported by interactive exercises, including a 30-minute, mandatory live e-learning session with a WHSC-qualified instructor and other participants. For further details see our product sheet.

Supervisor Health and Safety Training (eClass)

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The objective of supervisor e-class is to develop knowledge of the law and regulations that apply to supervisors and help fulfill legal training obligations. Under Ontario’s Occupational Health & Safety Act and Regulations, employers must ensure their supervisors complete basic occupational health and safety awareness training in addition to knowledge and competency-based training specific to the workplace. Using highly interactive online tools, including a real-time session with an Instructor, WHSC’s Supervisor E-Class goes beyond minimum standards to ensure supervisors get the quality training they need to understand their considerable legal responsibilities as well as the consequences of noncompliance. For further details see our product sheet.
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GHS-WHMIS Supervisor
 1-19 $29/key $149/key
 20-49 $24/key $135/key
 50-99 $20/key $105/key
 100+ $15/key $75/key
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Adhesives


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Participants explore the wide range of uses for adhesives, harmful components of these products, along with exposure risks. Practical tools for recognizing harmful exposures are reviewed along with methods of assessing the risks. Relevant legislation is reviewed, including WHMIS and the Regulation Respecting Control of Exposure to Chemical and Biological Hazards. Participants will also share and discuss methods of eliminating or controlling harmful exposures along with strategies for implementing workplace controls.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Aluminum


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Participants will discuss the uses of aluminum in a wide variety of sectors and the potential health and safety risks faced by workers, including exposure to fumes and dust along with the risk of fire and explosion. Relevant health and safety legislation will be reviewed including WHMIS. Hazard identification and assessment tools are outlined including workplace inspections and environmental monitoring. A wide variety of control measures are discussed helping to prepare participants to return to their workplaces and press for the development and implementation of an action plan to control the hazards of aluminum.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Anaesthetic Gases


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This program alerts participants to the risks associated with exposure to anaesthetic gases in the workplace. Participants will learn about the properties of these gases, where they are used, and the conditions under which workers can be exposed. They will explore relevant legislation including the Regulation for Health Care and Residential Facilities. Finally, they will learn about tools for assessing exposure risks and what control methods can be used to eliminate or control worker exposure.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Asbestos


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Participants learn about the nature of asbestos and the different types found in the workplace as well as the circumstances where worker exposure may occur. Participants review the Regulation Respecting Asbestos and other relevant legislation. Various methods of identifying and assessing asbestos exposure risks in the workplace are explored including workplace inspections and air sampling. Mandatory asbestos management programs are discussed along with practical methods for controlling worker exposure.

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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Awareness Training for Supervisors


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Under Ontario’s Occupational Health & Safety Act and Regulations, employers must ensure supervisors complete basic occupational health and safety awareness training in addition to knowledge and competency-based training specific to the workplace. This program is designed to ensure minimum awareness requirements are met. As such, this training program reviews key elements of an effective health and safety program and the important roles of workers, supervisors, employers and health and safety representatives, as well as system partners like the Ministry of Labour and WSIB. Participants will discuss hazard-specific training programs required by law including, WHMIS, confined space entry, lockout and workplace violence prevention, that may be necessary for their workplace. Through this training, supervisors learn the elements of health and safety theory and how to apply them in order to help identify hazards and implement effective controls. Important sources of key health and safety information are also discussed.

NOTE: For more comprehensive training designed to help meet the Occupational Health & Safety Act’s competency requirements for supervisors see our program entitled, “Supervisor Health & Safety Training.”
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Awareness Training for Workers


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This training program reviews key elements of an effective health and safety program and the important role of workers, supervisors, employers and health and safety representatives. Participants will discuss hazard-specific training programs required by law including, WHMIS, confined space entry, lockout and workplace violence prevention, that may be necessary for their workplace. Through this training, workers learn the elements of health and safety theory and how to apply them in order to help identify hazards and implement effective controls. This introductory training program is an excellent foundational program for new workplace entrants or regular review for existing employees.

* French program available.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Awareness Training for Workers - French


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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Basic Certification


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The Workers Health & Safety Centre developed this program to help workplaces meet their legal due diligence to provide basic training to health and safety representatives. It not only meets, but exceeds the minimum standards prescribed by the law for the first phase of Certification training. This program is applicable to all Ontario workplaces.

Delivered over a four-day period, this program gives participants a full understanding of occupational health and safety legislation, including rights and responsibilities of workplace parties and certified representatives on joint health and safety committees in particular. This will include a full discussion about the Internal Responsibility System (IRS) and the purpose and requirements of workplace health and safety policies and programs. Equally important, participants learn how to identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, workplace hazards.

For further details, see our product sheet library.

*French program available.
Duration: 24.00 hour(s)
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Biological Hazards


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This program introduces participants to the specific characteristics of biological hazards and the circumstances where worker exposure can occur. A wide range of health risks are discussed including hepatitis and respiratory disorders. Participants will be introduced to many different pieces of legislation relevant to biological hazards in the workplace along with various hazard assessment tools. The program also focuses on the various control measures and strategies joint committee members and others in the workplace can use to help ensure maximum protection for workers.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Blasting Hazards in Underground Mining Operations


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The potential risks associated with the various steps in the blasting procedure are explored, including both physical and chemical hazards. Among other legislation, relevant sections in the Regulation for Mines and Mining Plants are reviewed. The need for safe work procedures and practices along with training are emphasized. Specific examples of safe work procedures are outlined with discussion focusing on the participants' own workplaces.

NOTE: This program builds upon the information presented in the Explosives in Underground Mines.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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C-45: The Westray Bill


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Participants begin this program by exploring the negligent actions/inactions which led to the Westray mining disaster killing 26 workers in 1992. It was this tragic event which ignited a call for amendments to Canada’s Criminal Code to include corporate criminal negligence. This program also provides an overview of these amendments, as outlined in Bill C-45, helping all workplace parties to better understand the concept of criminal negligence, criminal liability and many other legal terms related to this legislation. This includes the duties of workers, lead hands, supervisors, members of joint committees and employers. Also important is the defining of due diligence. Applied to workplace health and safety, for instance, employers must prove all reasonable precautions have been taken to prevent injuries, illness and death in the workplace. The issue of enforcement and jurisprudence is also explored.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Certification Part II - Adult Probation and Parole


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Before joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members in Ontario-regulated workplaces can become fully certified, they are required to complete a second round of training commonly known as Certification Part II training. This training is designed to help certified representatives identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, hazards specific to their workplace.

The WHSC adult probation and parole sector program meets the needs of workplaces typical in this sector. This program allows workplaces to get into compliance fast. For further details see our product sheet library.
Duration: 18.00 hour(s)
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Certification Part II - Construction


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Before joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members in Ontario-regulated workplaces can become fully certified, they are required to complete a second round of training commonly known as Certification Part II training. This training is designed to help certified representatives identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, hazards specific to their work site.

The WHSC construction sector program meets the needs of work sites typical in this sector. This program allows work sites to get into compliance fast. Training secured in this manner is also portable between work sites in the sector. For further details, see our product sheet library.
Duration: 30.00 hour(s)
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Certification Part II - Correctional Facilities


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Before joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members in Ontario-regulated workplaces can become fully certified, they are required to complete a second round of training commonly known as Certification Part II training. This training is designed to help certified representatives identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, hazards specific to their workplace.

The WHSC correctional facilities sector program meets the needs of workplaces typical in this sector. This program allows workplaces to get into compliance fast. For further details, see our product sheet library.

Please Note:
WHSC's Toronto course starting October 24, 2016 will run on the following dates:
October 24-27 and November 1-3, 2016.
Duration: 42.00 hour(s)
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Certification Part II - Education


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Before joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members in Ontario-regulated workplaces can become fully certified, they are required to complete a second round of training commonly known as Certification Part II training. This training is designed to help certified representatives identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, hazards specific to their workplace.

The WHSC education sector program meets the needs of workplaces typical in this sector. This program allows workplaces to get into compliance fast. For further details, see our product sheet library.
Duration: 24.00 hour(s)
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Certification Part II - Health Care & Social Services


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Before joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members in Ontario-regulated workplaces can become fully certified, they are required to complete a second round of training commonly known as Certification Part II training. This training is designed to help certified representatives identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, hazards specific to their workplace.

The WHSC health care and social services sector program meets the needs of workplaces typical in this sector. This program allows workplaces to get into compliance fast. Training secured in this manner is also portable between workplaces in the sector. For further details, see our product sheet library.
Duration: 18.00 hour(s)
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Certification Part II - Manufacturing & Fabricating


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Before joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members in Ontario-regulated workplaces can become fully certified, they are required to complete a second round of training commonly known as Certification Part II training. This training is designed to help certified representatives identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, hazards specific to their workplace.

The WHSC manufacturing and fabricating sector program meets the needs of workplaces typical in this sector. This program allows workplaces to get into compliance fast. Training secured in this manner is also portable between workplaces in the sector. For further details, see our product sheet library.
Duration: 30.00 hour(s)
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Certification Part II - Manufacturing & Fabricating (French)


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Duration: 30.00 hour(s)
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Certification Part II - Mining


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Before joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members in Ontario-regulated workplaces can become fully certified, they are required to complete a second round of training commonly known as Certification Part II training. This training is designed to help certified representatives identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, hazards specific to their workplace.

The WHSC mining sector program meets the needs of workplaces typical in this sector. This program allows workplaces to get into compliance fast. For further details, see our product sheet library.
Duration: 30.00 hour(s)
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Certification Part II - Office & Professional


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Before joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members in Ontario-regulated workplaces can become fully certified, they are required to complete a second round of training commonly known as Certification Part II training. This training is designed to help certified representatives identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, hazards specific to their workplace.

The WHSC office and professional sector program meets the needs of workplaces typical in this sector. This program allows workplaces to get into compliance fast. Training secured in this manner is also portable between workplaces in the sector. For further details, see our product sheet library.
Duration: 18.00 hour(s)
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Certification Part II - Printing


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Before joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members in Ontario-regulated workplaces can become fully certified, they are required to complete a second round of training commonly known as Certification Part II training. This training is designed to help certified representatives identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, hazards specific to their workplace.

The WHSC printing sector program meets the needs of workplaces typical in this sector. This program allows workplaces to get into compliance fast. For further details, see our product sheet library.
Duration: 18.00 hour(s)
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Certification Part II - Public Sector


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Before joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members in Ontario-regulated workplaces can become fully certified, they are required to complete a second round of training commonly known as Certification Part II training. This training is designed to help certified representatives identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, hazards specific to their workplace.

The WHSC public sector program meets the needs of workplaces typical in this sector. This program allows workplaces to get into compliance fast. For further details, see our product sheet library.
Duration: 30.00 hour(s)
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Certification Part II - Pulp & Paper


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Before joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members in Ontario-regulated workplaces can become fully certified, they are required to complete a second round of training commonly known as Certification Part II training. This training is designed to help certified representatives identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, hazards specific to their workplace.

The WHSC pulp and paper sector program meets the needs of workplaces typical in this sector. This program allows workplaces to get into compliance fast. For further details, see our product sheet library.
Duration: 30.00 hour(s)
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Certification Part II - Retail


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Before joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members in Ontario-regulated workplaces can become fully certified, they are required to complete a second round of training commonly known as Certification Part II training. This training is designed to help certified representatives identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, hazards specific to their workplace.

The WHSC retail sector program meets the needs of workplaces typical in this sector. This program allows workplaces to get into compliance fast. For further details, see our product sheet library.
Duration: 18.00 hour(s)
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Certification Part II - Tourism & Hospitality


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Before joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members in Ontario-regulated workplaces can become fully certified, they are required to complete a second round of training commonly known as Certification Part II training. This training is designed to help certified representatives identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, hazards specific to their workplace.

The WHSC tourism and hospitality sector program meets the needs of workplaces typical in this sector. This program allows workplaces to get into compliance fast. For further details, see our product sheet library.
Duration: 18.00 hour(s)
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Certification Part II - Transportation


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Before joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members in Ontario-regulated workplaces can become fully certified, they are required to complete a second round of training commonly known as Certification Part II training. This training is designed to help certified representatives identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, hazards specific to their workplace.

The WHSC transportation sector program meets the needs of workplaces typical in this sector. This program allows workplaces to get into compliance fast. For further details, see our product sheet library.
Duration: 18.00 hour(s)
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Certification Part II - Youth Detention Centres


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Before joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members in Ontario-regulated workplaces can become fully certified, they are required to complete a second round of training commonly known as Certification Part II training. This training is designed to help certified representatives identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, hazards specific to their workplace.

The WHSC Youth Detention Centres sector program meets the needs of workplaces typical in this sector. This program allows workplaces to get into compliance fast. Training secured in this manner is also portable between workplaces in the sector. For further details, see our product sheet library.

Please Note:
WHSC's Toronto course starting November 15, 2016 will run on the following dates:
November 15-17 and 22-24, 2016.
Duration: 36.00 hour(s)
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Certification Part II - Youth Probation Offices


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Before joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members in Ontario-regulated workplaces can become fully certified, they are required to complete a second round of training commonly known as Certification Part II training. This training is designed to help certified representatives identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, hazards specific to their workplace.

The WHSC youth probation sector program meets the needs of workplaces typical in this sector. This program allows workplaces to get into compliance fast. For further details, see our product sheet library.
Duration: 18.00 hour(s)
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Certification Refresher


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Certified members of joint health and safety committees (JHSC) in Ontario must complete a Ministry of Labour (MOL)-approved Refresher program within three years of completing Certification Part II and every three years thereafter. The WHSC Certification Refresher training is MOL-approved. This program revisits key concepts from Certification Training including the information and tools essential for identifying, assessing and controlling, or better yet eliminating, workplace hazards. The program further affords participants the opportunity to share and discuss new or amended legislation/guidelines/standards, current or emerging issues, plus best practices for hazard elimination and control. This program is applicable to all Ontario workplaces.
Duration: 6.00 hour(s)
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Chainsaw Operator


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Chainsaw Operator is a six-hour WHSC training program designed to equip participants with an understanding of chainsaw features, applicable legislation, safe procedures, hazards, and control measures associated with operating a chainsaw. The Program is divided between four hours of in-class instruction and two hours of practicum. During the practicum participants will go through a chainsaw inspection checklist and demonstrate proper start-up and handling techniques. The WHSC will issue a record of training (ROT) to participants who successfully complete the training program.
Duration: 6.00 hour(s)
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Compressed Gas


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This program looks at the wide variety of compressed gases and their uses in many workplaces. Participants explore potential sources of exposure and review the health risks, including those from fire and explosion. Participants will review WHMIS Regulation requirements along with other relevant legislation. Hazard identification and assessment methods, such as workplace inspections and testing of cylinders, are reviewed. Finally, practical examples for controlling compressed gas hazards are identified and discussed.

* French program available.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Compressed Gas - French


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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Confined Spaces


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Participants will discuss potential hazards and legal requirements relevant to confined space entry outlined in the Confined Spaces Regulation. They will review and discuss the key elements of a confined space entry program, including testing and monitoring of the atmosphere and the various types of equipment and tools that help to protect workers. The need to develop workplace specific confined space entry procedures with input from joint committees and workers is discussed along with the provision of effective worker training.

NOTE: The WHSC offers a two-day Confined Spaces Plan and Program training designed to help workplace parties understand their legal duties in developing, implementing and maintaining a workplace-specific confined space program. The one-day Confined Spaces Entry and Hazard Recognition training is designed for workers required to enter confined spaces and those who perform related work.

* French program available.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Confined Spaces - French


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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Confined Spaces (Construction)


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The ever-changing work environment of a construction site poses numerous and dangerous confined spaces of which construction workers need to be aware. These confined spaces include: trenches, wells, pits, excavations, pumping stations, sewers, tunnels, ducts, manholes, flues, chimneys, caissons, bins, silos, vaults, vessels, crawl spaces, and box beams.

Confined Space - Construction is a one-day, six-hour program designed for workers in the construction sector who are required to enter a confined space. It will prepare entry workers with the knowledge and information they require prior to entry into a confined space.

The program represents the first in a two-step process for meeting the legal duty to provide workers with confined space training that is specific to construction work. (See NOTE 2 below for details of the second step.) Also specific to the construction sector is the program's participant manual which is small enough to fit easily into a worker's pocket or lunchbox for ease of reference.

The program is divided into two three-hour modules.

The first module, Confined Space Hazards and the Law, addresses the specific requirements under Confined Spaces Regulation 632/05 for confined space entry on a construction site. These requirements include a confined space entry program composed of the following: hazard identification, assessment and controls; a plan of entry for each confined space; training for confined space entry workers; an entry permit system; testing of toxic atmospheres; as well as emergency equipment and emergency response procedures.

The second module, Confined Spaces Entry Procedures, identifies the control measures for confined space hazards and safe work procedures for confined space entry work. Issues such as air testing, monitoring, and purging are discussed. General work procedures for personal protective equipment, communication, duties of attendants and use of entry permits are discussed as well as the use, maintenance and inspection of respirators and rescue operation considerations.

VIDEO: Without Warning [13 minutes]

NOTE 1: The WHSC also offers a three-hour confined space hazard awareness program aimed at the general workforce but is not designed to satisfy the legal training requirements for workers entering confined spaces or performing related work.

NOTE 2: After completion of the WHSC Confined Space - Construction training, workers must also receive workplace and plan-specific training in order to comply with confined space entry requirements.
Duration: 6.00 hour(s)
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Confined Spaces Entry and Hazard Recognition


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This one-day program is for workers required to enter confined spaces and those who perform related work. This represents the first in a two step process for meeting the legal duty to provide workers with confined space training. (See below for details of the second step.)

Training participants will review the components required in a workplace/plan specific confined space program. This discussion will focus on hazard assessment, entry permits, atmospheric testing and on-site rescue procedures. Participants will then explore the many potential atmospheric and safety hazards in confined spaces. This discussion will include work procedures and strategies for the identification of potential hazards and their control. Specific attention is paid to the use and maintenance of respirators and other personal protective equipment along with duties of attendants and the various aspects of on-site rescue.

NOTE: After completion of the WHSC Confined Spaces Entry and Hazard Recognition Training, workers must also receive workplace and plan-specific training in order to comply with confined space entry requirements. This training must be developed in consultation with the joint health and safety committee or worker representative.
Duration: 6.00 hour(s)
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Confined Spaces Plan and Program


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This comprehensive two-day program helps prepare participants to play a proactive role in the development and implementation of a confined space program and plan(s) as required by Ontario health and safety legislation.

Participants will first identify and discuss characteristics of a confined space and explore the unique hazards that may pose a risk to worker health. These hazards include the accumulation of toxic gas, oxygen deficiency and exit and entry impairment. The minimum legal requirements for developing a confined space program and plan will also be identified and discussed. Building upon these minimums, participants will then explore the key elements in a confined space program including hazard assessment, entry permit systems, worker training methods and the development of specific confined space plans. For further details, see our product sheet library.
Duration: 12.00 hour(s)
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Construction and Industrial Forklift Operator


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This program is designed for operators of rough terrain and industrial forklifts used in the construction sector. The in-class session explores the basics of safe operation such as selection, pre-start inspection, stability, lift capacity, principle of counterbalance theory and restricted view awareness. The program offers a review of the hazards operators might face along with legislation, guidelines and standards governing the use of forklifts. The hands-on practicum affords each participant an opportunity to operate various forklifts. Participants will receive documentation from the instructor for every forklift on which they prove competency. The WHSC will issue a Record of Training (ROT) to participants that successfully complete the program.

Note: This program was developed to meet standards outlined in the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Guideline for the Safe Operation and Maintenance of Powered Lift Trucks and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Safety Standard for Lift Trucks.
Duration: 6.00 hour(s)
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Conveyor Systems


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Participants look at a wide variety of conveyor systems and the hazards associated with each including pinch points and sources of entanglement. Relevant legislation is reviewed along with methods of identifying and assessing the hazards of conveyors. Participants will explore the various methods of controlling worker exposure preparing them to return to their workplace and press for action plans to eliminate these hazards.

* French program available.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Conveyor Systems - French


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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Critical Incident and Post Traumatic Stress


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Participants review the many causes of critical incident stress (CIS) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) including major catastrophes, violent situations and hazardous exposures. How the body responds to stressful situations or events is explored along with methods for coping with CIS and PTSD such as counseling provided through Employee Assistance Programs. Equally important is a focus on primary prevention in order to eliminate stressors in the first place. Participants also learn how to develop policies and programs dealing with CIS and PTSD.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Documenting Health and Safety


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In this three-hour program participants will learn the importance of and need to document workplace health and safety issues in a systematic and timely fashion. Through hands-on, interactive activities participants will practice using various forms and reports to track workplace health and safety issues. All program documentation tools can be used as master templates, copied or modified as necessary. These are also accessible as interactive, downloadable PDFs. Participants can apply what they learn as soon as they return to their jobs.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Dust and Fibres


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This program explores the various types of dust and fibres encountered in the workplace, circumstances when workers may be exposed and the potential health risks, including cancer. Participants will look at the many regulations addressing exposure including the Regulation Respecting Control of Exposure to Biological and Chemical Agents. Practical methods for recognizing and assessing exposure sources will be discussed including hygiene monitoring. Participants will also consider practical methods for eliminating or controlling exposure.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Dyes and Fabric Treatment


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Participants explore the various workplace situations where exposure to dyes, fabric treatments and textile fabrics may occur along with potential health risks. Relevant legislation is discussed along with practical strategies and tools for recognizing and assessing potential sources of exposure including workplace inspections and environmental monitoring. The program also highlights practical measures for controlling exposure.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Electrical Hazards


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Like any form of energy, electricity can be harmful for those exposed to uncontrolled sources. This program will help participants to recognize potential sources of harmful exposure and the health effects caused by electrical shock and other associated hazards. This program also includes a detailed discussion about the health effects and injuries associated with arc flash and arc blast along with assessment and control measures. Relevant legislation, codes and standards are identified along with the components of an effective action plan that will help to eliminate exposure to electrical hazards.

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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Electrical Hazards - French


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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Elevating Devices


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Often developed to lessen the physical load for workers, elevating devices create a host of new hazards including pinch points and other moving parts. Participants will review a wide variety of elevating devices including scissor lifts and cranes and discuss the potential safety and health risks of working with each. Legislation, including the Elevating Devices Act, will be reviewed along with the tools required to recognize and assess potential hazards, including effective workplace inspections and the review of maintenance and inspection records.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Emergency Preparedenss and Pandemic Response Plans - French


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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Emergency Preparedness and Pandemic Response Plans


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No workplace is immune from potential emergencies. This program provides participants with a basic understanding of the preparations needed so that emergencies don't translate into disasters in terms of worker and public health along with serious economic impacts. The many components of emergency preparedness plans are explored, including the involvement of joint health and safety committees in the development and implementation process. Special attention is paid to Influenza Pandemic Response Plans along with bomb threat procedures.

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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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EMFs and Dirty Electricity


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Many believe and studies have proven electromagnetic fields (EMFs) damage the health of exposed workers and others. This program introduces this occupational and environmental health hazard and outlines the many potential sources of exposure including photocopiers, dimmer switches, power bars, cell phones and power lines. In fact, workers in most workplaces are exposed to EMFs which radiate from anything and everything powered by electricity. Participants will explore the evidence linking exposure with cancer, reproductive health issues, Alzheimer's disease and a wide range of other health effects. Relevant legislation is reviewed along with other codes, standards and guidelines addressing EMFs. Specific hazard identification and assessment strategies including the use of EMF testing meters will be identified and discussed. In fact, an in-class demonstration of a testing device will help show how easy they are to use. Finally, participants will discuss specific measures and action plans needed to control or eliminate worker exposure.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Ergonomic Toolbox


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This program is designed to introduce participants to the three components of the Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) Prevention Toolbox - the final resource published by the Occupational Health and Safety Council of Ontario (OHSCO) in support of their Musculoskeletal Disorder Prevention Guideline for Ontario. This guideline is intended as a framework for MSD prevention and is being promoted as such by Ontario's Ministry of Labour.

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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Ergonomics in Health Care and Social Services


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This program was developed to provide health care and social service workers with the skills to recognize, assess and eliminate or control musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) risk factors. This training module examines what MSDs are, common types and health effects. Participants will thoroughly explore the two categories of risk factors that lead to MSDs—job demands and workplace components. With an understanding of what causes MSDs, participants will examine the sciences behind ergonomics and the importance of making the work fit the worker. Participants will learn how to identify tasks that may cause workers to adopt awkward postures, require forceful exertions or are repetitive in nature. They will gain an understanding of how to assess these tasks and will learn that often simple changes or adjustments to workplace components can reduce job demands allowing the job or task to be completed comfortably and safely. Included within the Participant’s Manual are several valuable resource sheets, many of which are very specific to health care workers.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Ergonomics: Applying Prevention Principles at Work


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This program builds on the knowledge obtained from the program entitled, Ergonomics: Injuries, Risk Factors and Design Principles. The information presented helps prepare participants to play a more hands-on role in the prevention of MSIs. The program begins with an introduction to ergonomics and a detailed review of relevant legislation, its shortfalls and the characteristics of work and the workplace responsible for the development of these disorders. Participants then take a more detailed look at the science of designing work for workers. They will look at specific ergonomic assessment tools including Anthropometric and Snook tables. Specific workplace examples are used throughout the discussion to aid in the learning process.

NOTE: The WHSC recommends those enrolling in this program already possess a sound base of knowledge about MSDs and ergonomic prevention principles. This knowledge can be obtained by participating in the Ergonomics: Injuries, Risk Factors and Design Principles training program.
Duration: 6.00 hour(s)
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Ergonomics: Basic Information for Joint Committees


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This program helps prepare members of joint committees and other workplace parties to play a more active role promoting the prevention of musculoskeletal injuries or disorders (MSDs) in their workplace. Examples of MSDs and their symptoms are discussed along with the risk factors responsible for the development of these injuries. Participants will then explore the basic concepts and sciences behind ergonomics with a focus on designing work and work processes to meet the physical and mental needs of workers. Strategies to implement workplace change, with a focus on the role of joint committees and the need for communication with workers are also discussed.
Duration: 9.00 hour(s)
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Ergonomics: Recognizing Injuries, Risk Factors and Design Principles


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This program helps participants to better understand how work can damage the musculoskeletal system and why. Equally important, participants will discuss how work and the work environment can be designed or redesigned to prevent musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) the most common classification of occupational injury suffered by workers today.

Participants will also explore examples of specific workplace solutions and strategies. Relevant legislation is reviewed and additional resources are identified including the MSD prevention series developed by the Ontario Health and Safety Council of Ontario (OHSCO). The program is concluded by highlighting the need for active involvement of all workplace parties when applying ergonomic principles to the workplace.

** A similar training program is available in French. See Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program - French.
Duration: 6.00 hour(s)
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Explosives in Underground Mines


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Participants will review the potential hazards associated with the storage, handling, transport or use of explosives in underground mines. Relevant legislation is reviewed including sections of the Regulations for Mines and Mining Plants. The program looks at various hazard recognition and assessment tools and the need for safe work procedures and practices. Important to this discussion is the involvement of workers and joint committee members in the development process.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Fall Protection - Industrial


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This program is designed for workers in the industrial sector who may be exposed to fall hazards. Participants will gain an understanding of duties of the workplace parties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the procedure for refusing unsafe work and regulatory requirements for fall protection systems. They will also learn about different types of fall protection systems; components of fall arrest and travel restraint systems and effective control measures as well as safe work procedures. The program also addresses legal requirements for guardrails and the safe use, maintenance, storage and inspection of ladders, fall restraint and arrest systems. A practical component of the program includes a demonstration of a proper fitting harness and lanyard attachment.
Duration: 4.00 hour(s)
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Federal Committees and Representatives


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This program reviews participants' rights and duties under federal health and safety laws and regulations with special focus on the role and responsibilities of workplace and policy committees. Among other things, methods for conducting workplace inspections and accident investigations are discussed along with strategies aimed at fostering active and confident members of workplace and policy committees. Beyond legal considerations, the program further demonstrates how the two levels of health and safety representatives can communicate and work together effectively for change.

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Duration: 12.00 hour(s)
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Federal Committees and Representatives - French


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Duration: 12.00 hour(s)
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Fire and Explosion


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This program introduces participants to the conditions required for fire along with pressure and chemical explosions. Potential health risks are explored and relevant legislation is reviewed. Important to the participant will be the discussion on identifying and assessing fire and explosion hazards and a focus on specific efforts they can introduce in their workplaces geared towards controlling the potential for fire and explosion. They will also look at the steps necessary when responding to fires and explosions.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Fire Watch


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Fire Watch is a six-hour training program designed to provide participants with knowledge and information necessary to perform fire watch duties. Any construction or industrial site engaged in “hot work”, namely work processes that can produce a source of ignition such as a spark or open flame, must implement a hot work management program including the provision of fire watchers.

This training program then, equips participants to identify and assess hazards that can give rise to fires. To this end, participants are introduced to the hazards posed by common hot work processes such as welding, soldering, cutting and brazing. The program also provides participants with a basic introduction to flammable and combustible substances and the toxic nature of many of these substances. Relevant legislation, codes and standards, including WHMIS and the Ontario Fire Code are also discussed. Most important to the participant will be a focused discussion on specific efforts they can introduce in their workplaces to prevent the potential for fires and related explosions and when necessary, the steps needed to respond to fires and explosions.
Duration: 6.00 hour(s)
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Flammables and Combustibles


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This program provides a basic introduction to flammable and combustible substances. The risk of fire and explosions along with the toxic nature of many of these substances are reviewed. Participants will be introduced to relevant legislation, codes and standards including WHMIS and the Ontario Fire Code. Participants review specific methods for preventing or controlling fires and other hazardous exposures, including the identification and elimination of ignition sources and the role of training in pursuit of safer and healthier workplaces.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Forklift Operator


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This program is designed for workers who will operate powered lift trucks (Classes 1 to 5). It is divided into three important components, including formal classroom learning, a supervised practical hands-on component with the specific lift truck the worker will use and a follow-up evaluation by an authorized instructor who observes actual work performance.

In the classroom, participants will first explore the basics of powered lift truck operation including selection criteria, stability, lift capacity and other principles of counterbalance theory. Legislation, guidelines and standards governing the use of powered lift trucks are explored, including relevant sections in the Industrial Regulations. Participants will also explore the many hazards specific to the operation of a powered lift truck and the work area in which it will be operated. Safe operating rules and practices will also be identified and discussed. Special attention is paid to the components of an effective powered lift truck pre-start inspection checklist.

NOTE: This program is developed to meet the standards outlined in the Ontario Ministry of Labour's Guidelines for Safe Operations and Maintenance of Powered Lift Trucks and the Canadian Standards Association Standard B335-15. According to this CSA Standard, fork lift operators shall be retrained at intervals not exceeding three years. The WHSC also recommends 18 months after the training or retraining, operators should undergo a mid-term skills evaluation. (see Forklift Operator Mid-Term Evaluation descriptor).

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Duration: 7.00 hour(s)
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Forklift Operator - French


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Duration: 9.00 hour(s)
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Forklift Operator Mid Term Evaluation


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This one hour mid-term evaluation helps to ensure lift truck operators retain the skills and knowledge they've secured through the Forklift Operator safety training program (or retraining) and experience. The WHSC offers this service using a WHSC-certified instructor with experience in the operation of lift trucks. The instructor observes a wide range of practical skills. The main purpose of this evaluation is to suggest immediate corrective action for observed operational behaviour and to identify future training needs.
Duration: 1.00 hour(s)
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Forklift Trucks


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Participants review the design and operational principles of forklifts along with specific forklift selection criteria. Basic counterbalance forklift truck theory is explored, including a range of stability issues. Relevant legislation, codes and standards will be discussed throughout the program including the Ministry of Labour Guideline for the Safe Operation and Maintenance of Powered Lift Trucks and the Canadian Standards Association Safety Standard for Lift Trucks (CSA B335-15).

NOTE: A comprehensive Forklift Operator program is also available.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Glass Handling


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Heavy or awkward lifting and the risk of being hit by broken glass are just two of many hazards faced by workers in a wide range of industries required to handle glass. This program will introduce participants to all of these hazards and the potential risk to health including cuts, bruises and musculoskeletal injuries. Participants will review relevant legislation along with practical strategies required to recognize and assess hazards associated with glass handling. The program also highlights a variety of measures for eliminating and controlling exposure to these hazards and the role joint committees must play in formulating an action plan aimed at achieving safer workplaces.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Globally Harmonized WHMIS


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Intended for workers, supervisors and other workplace parties, this program offers an overview of the new GHS WHMIS. Participants will explore new standardized information, classification and communication requirements for hazardous products used, stored, handled or disposed of in the workplace. This includes new GHS-modified WHMIS labels, safety data sheets and pictograms. Like all WHSC programs, this training applies adult learning principles to ensure learning is achieved.

Note: Workplaces in Ontario have begun to transition from original WHMIS to the new GHS WHMIS. During transition, which will be completed by December, 2018, employers must train workers in both original WHMIS and GHS WHMIS when both are in use. For information about original WHMIS training please call 1-888-869-7950 and speak to a WHSC training services representative.

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Duration: 2.00 hour(s)
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Globally Harmonized WHMIS - 3 hours


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Intended for workers, supervisors and other workplace parties, this program offers an overview of the new GHS WHMIS. Participants will explore new standardized information, classification and communication requirements for hazardous products used, stored, handled or disposed of in the workplace. This includes new GHS-modified WHMIS labels, safety data sheets and pictograms. Like all WHSC programs, this training applies adult learning principles to ensure learning is achieved.

Note: Workplaces in Ontario have begun to transition from original WHMIS to the new GHS WHMIS. During transition, which will be completed by December, 2018, employers must train workers in both original WHMIS and GHS WHMIS when both are in use. For information about original WHMIS training please call 1-888-869-7950 and speak to a WHSC training services representative.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Globally Harmonized WHMIS French


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Intended for workers, supervisors and other workplace parties, this program offers an overview of the new GHS WHMIS. Participants will explore new standardized information, classification and communication requirements for hazardous products used, stored, handled or disposed of in the workplace. This includes new GHS-modified WHMIS labels, safety data sheets and pictograms. Like all WHSC programs, this training applies adult learning principles to ensure learning is achieved.

Note: Workplaces in Ontario have begun to transition from original WHMIS to the new GHS WHMIS. During transition, which will be completed by December, 2018, employers must train workers in both original WHMIS and GHS WHMIS when both are in use. For information about original WHMIS training please call 1-888-869-7950 and speak to a WHSC training services representative.
Duration: 2.00 hour(s)
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Hand Tools


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This program links the hazards and risk factors associated with the design and use of hand tools with specific injuries such as those affecting the musculoskeletal system. Relevant legislation, codes and standards will be outlined along with the practical tools for recognizing and assessing the hazards and risk factors. The program is designed to prepare participants to return to their workplaces armed with the knowledge and tools to help them develop and implement an action plan to control or eliminate the health risks associated with hand tools.

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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Hand Tools - French


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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Hazard Prevention Program - Federal


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All federal workplaces must have a hazard prevention program that identifies, assesses and controls workplace hazards. These prevention programs must meet detailed and specific requirements set out in Part XIX of the Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations. Equally important, the programs must be developed, implemented and monitored with the participation of joint workplace committees or representatives. This three-hour course will review the components of an effective prevention program by walking participants through a five step process: hazard identification; assessment and documentation; preventive measures; worker education; and program evaluation.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Hazardous Waste


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This program offers a comprehensive look at occupational health and safety issues related to hazardous waste. Participants explore the many sources of hazardous waste along with transportation, disposal and emergency response issues. They will also discuss how workers are exposed including routes of entry and the potential health impacts, ranging from simple eye and skin irritation to cancer.

Relevant law in Ontario and the federal jurisdiction will be reviewed. Participants will also review a wide range of workplace strategies focused on achieving safe handling, storage, transportation and disposal of hazardous waste. They will also discuss emergency preparedness. Efforts to address hazardous waste issues beyond the workplace will also be explored including campaigns to educate the public on health risks to the community and lobbying for community right to know initiatives.
Duration: 12.00 hour(s)
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Heat and Cold Stress


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Participants explore how the body reacts to temperature extremes and specific situations where workers may be exposed to dangerous levels of heat or cold. The lack of specific legislation protecting exposed workers is discussed along with measures for identifying and assessing potential health risks from temperature extremes. Participants will consider specific methods of controlling worker exposure to temperature extremes and discuss the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of each.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Heavy Mobile Equipment


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Participants will review the various types of heavy mobile equipment including bulldozers and cranes along with the potential hazards for operators and others in the work area. Relevant legislation will be reviewed along with tools for hazard recognition and assessment, including workplace inspections and daily vehicle checks. Practical control measures designed to prevent injuries will be discussed including preventive maintenance and effective worker training.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Hours of Work


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This program explores the many risks to health and safey and quality of life experienced by those working non-standard or long hours. Risk to workers includes sleep disorders, stress, heart problems and some forms of cancer. Non-standard shifts also have a negative impact on mental and psychological well-being as workers may have difficulty achieving a satisfactory work-life balance. The program discusses legislation governing hours of work, including Ontario's Employment Standards Act and Canada Labour Code, Part III. It also examines various types of non-standard shifts and ways to minimize the harmful effects of often unavoidable shift work. The importance of input from workers and members of joint committees when exploring effective solutions and strategies is also discussed.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Indoor Air


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This program introduces participants to the concept of poor indoor air quality and how it can affect the health of workers in a wide variety of workplace settings. They will discuss the symptoms and possible causes of Sick Building Syndrome and review many potential indoor air pollutants. Relevant legislation will be reviewed along with the methods for identifying and assessing potential hazard sources. Practical examples of controlling exposure to hazardous airborne pollutants are discussed including effective maintenance of HVAC systems.

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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation - French


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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Industrial Cranes, Hoists & Rigging - Refresher


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Duration: 4.00 hour(s)
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Industrial Cranes, Hoists and Rigging


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Participants discuss the hazards associated with overhead cranes, hoists and the rigging of loads. Relevant legislation will be explored along with the practical methods for recognizing and assessing these hazards. Participants will review control measures needed to improve the work environment including the safe operation of cranes and hoists. A practical component in the program allows the participants to demonstrate their acquired knowledge.
Duration: 6.00 hour(s)
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Industrial Lasers CHS


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Participants are introduced to the various classifications of industrial lasers and the potential risks to health posed by laser beams and associated non-beam hazards such as toxic gases, noise and electrical shocks. Both acute and chronic health effects are identified focusing mainly on the eyes and skin. Legislation and standards governing the use of lasers are explored including a standard published by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and often referenced by Ontario Ministry of Labour inspectors. Finally, participants will review specific control measures for each laser classification.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Infectious Diseases CHS


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Participants will examine the various types of infectious diseases as well as their routes of transmission. Practical means of recognizing and assessing potential hazardous exposures are reviewed. Participants review practical examples of controlling exposure to the microorganisms responsible for the development of infectious diseases such as isolation precautions and proper cleaning and maintenance. Relevant legislation, including WHMIS and the Regulation for Health Care and Residential Facilities are also discussed.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Isocyanates


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Participants review the types of isocyanates, their uses, potential sources of exposure, along with health risks, including cancer. As a designated substance under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, a thorough assessment and control program for some isocyanates must be put in place. Participants will review the various components of such a program and the duties and responsibilities of all workplace parties. This training will help provide participants with an increased base of knowledge about isocyanates and the actions required in the workplace to help prevent harmful exposure.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Job Task Analysis


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This program focuses on how to conduct a job task analysis and what tools and methods can be used. The program is appropriate for those workers having already participated in Preventing Musculosketetal Injuries program, MIPP or Applying Ergonomics to Prevent Musculoskeletal Injuries program.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Lighting Hazards


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This program explores the functioning of the eye and how sight is affected by inadequate lighting conditions. Relevant legislation will be reviewed along with the methods for recognizing and assessing potential workplace hazards caused by inadequate lighting. Practical examples for improved lighting are discussed along with the role joint committees can play in identifying and implementing these controls.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Lockdown: A Crisis Response


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This three-hour training program is developed in response to incidents of random violence in schools, colleges, and universities. It is designed to equip participants with training and practical tools that will enable them to review, assess and make recommendations for adjustments to their existing lockdown plan or to develop an entirely new plan. By the end of the training, participants will be able to apply the nine principles of an effective lockdown plan. Among others, the training addresses the importance of using consistent terms, planning evacuation routes, designating safe shelter areas, identifying vulnerable areas, accommodating disabled staff and students, worker education, and lockdown drills.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Lockout


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Participants are introduced to the many sources of energy in a workplace and how each can be hazardous and sometimes fatal to exposed workers. They will discuss the basic concepts of lockout as a method of producing a "zero energy state". Relevant legislation will be outlined along with components of an effective lockout program including the tools used to recognize and assess potential hazards. Strategies for developing and implementing an effective workplace specific lockout program, including training, will also be discussed.

NOTE: The WHSC also offers a six-hour comprehensive Lockout program for the manufacturing sector.

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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Lockout - French


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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Lockout (Manufacturing)


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This program introduces participants to the hazardous potential of energy in its various forms. Initial discussions look at the risk to health caused by direct contact with electrical energy, unexpected stored energy and mechanical movement. The focus of the training then turns to the general principle of lockout as it relates to eliminating the risk of contact with harmful energy. Specific methods for isolating or locking out electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic and other potential energy sources are identified and explored.

Minimum lockout standards outlined in the Regulation for Industrial Establishments will be identified and discussed, including the need to establish and implement written lockout procedures. Participants will identify and review the specific components to be included in an effective lockout procedure, including selection of lockout devices, safe work or safe entry permits and individual responsibilities. With this knowledge, training participants will be better prepared to develop and implement workplace-specific lockout procedures.
Duration: 6.00 hour(s)
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Machine Guarding - French


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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Man-Made Mineral Fibres


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This program explores the various types of man-made mineral fibres (MMMF), those workers at risk from exposure and the potential health risks including fibrosis and cancer. Relevant legislation will be reviewed along with tools for recognizing and assessing the potential for exposure to MMMFs. Practical methods for controlling exposure, including effective ventilation systems and respiratory protection, will be discussed along with the important role to be played by joint committees.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Manual Material Handling


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This program looks at the hazardous potential faced by workers performing lifting, carrying and other manual material handling (MMH) tasks and the specific injuries they may suffer. Relevant legislation is reviewed including guidelines established by the American National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Specific hazard recognition and assessment tools are discussed along with practical measures for eliminating or controlling hazards associated with MMH tasks including effective workplace design and the use of mechanical devices.

* French program available.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Manual Material Handling - French


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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Metalworking Fluids


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This program provides participants with an introduction to the various types and uses of metalworking fluids (MWFs) along with hazardous components and contaminants in these fluids. Along with sources of worker exposure, participants will review the many health effects including links with the development of cancer and other occupational diseases. Relevant legislation is also discussed along with the various methods of recognizing, assessing and controlling worker exposure.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Mini Excavator Operator


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Mobile equipment like mini excavators can cause serious work-related injuries and even death. To protect both operators and those working near these excavators, regulations made under Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act require workers who operate them to be trained and competent. To be truly effective, training should be incorporated into overall occupational mobile equipment safety programs.

The WHSC's Mini Excavator Operator safety training program encompasses eight hours of training over two days. The first day comprises a six-hour, in-class session, followed on another date by a two-hour, practicum (the time depending on the operator experience). The practicum will serve as a hands-on training tool for new operators, as well as an evaluation for experienced ones.

For further details, see our product sheet entitled "Mobile Equipment Operator Training".
Duration: 6.00 hour(s)
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Molten Materials and Furnace Hazards


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This program introduces participants to the work performed in foundries and similar operations where workers may be exposed to molten materials and associated hazards. Relevant legislation is reviewed along with practical strategies for recognizing and assessing hazards including the use of MSDSs and environmental monitoring. Participants will discuss measures to eliminate or control worker exposure to the wide range of hazards associated with molten materials.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Mould


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From school portables to health care facilities, mould is being uncovered in a wide range of workplaces and public facilities. This program introduces participants to mould, the necessary conditions for growth and the potential health effects from exposure. Relevant legislation and guidelines are reviewed including the Ontario Ministry of Health's Guideline for Mould in School Facilities. Practical tools needed to identify and assess sources or potential sources of mould will be discussed including health surveys and workplace inspections. Participants will also explore the components of an effective action plan designed to eliminate mould and control the potential for future contamination.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Moving Machine Parts


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In this program participants will gain an understanding of the hazards associated with machines by breaking them down into component parts and looking closely at how characteristic actions and motions of machines create hazadous conditions. The legal requirement to safeguard moving machine parts in order to protect workers is emphasized. Participants are also given tools necessary to identify, assess and control machine hazards.

* French program available.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity


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This program introduces participants to multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and its diverse symptoms and effects. An often confusing disorder, participants will discuss how some workers suffer while others are unaffected by workplace exposures to toxic substances. Relevant legislation is reviewed along with the tools used to recognize and assess the exposures responsible for MCS. Participants will discuss measures that can help eliminate or control worker exposure to toxic substances and the workplace strategies needed to guide their implementation. Addressing the needs of workers who suffer from MCS will also be discussed.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program - French


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Eliminating the hazards responsible for the development of MSIs, including repetitive work and awkward posture, is the focus of this program.

Through interactive discussions, participants are introduced to various types of MSIs and their telltale symptoms. Risk factors responsible for the development of these disorders are outlined including the design of work itself, workstations, equipment, tools and manual material handling. Participants will discuss the principles of designing work and the workplace to fit the worker, including strategies for implementing these principles.
Duration: 6.00 hour(s)
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Noise CHS


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Almost 70 per cent of Ontario workers experience noise in their workplace. Damage to hearing can range from temporary hearing loss to permanent deafness. The Regulation for Industrial Establishments made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to protect workers from hazardous sound levels. This WHSC training program is designed to give participants a full understanding of noise hazards in the workplace. The program provides detailed discussion on the properties of sound and noise, resulting health effects from noise hazards and legislation and standards concerning noise in the workplace. Participants will gain knowledge and skills to help them identify and assess noise hazards and implement noise hazard control programs. They will come away with real-world solutions such as buy-quiet purchasing policies, strategies to isolate noisy machinery and uses of sound absorption material. Proper use, as well as limitations of personal protective equipment like earplugs and ear muffs is also covered.

* French program available.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Noise CHS - French


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Occupational Hygiene Monitoring


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Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act allows for a designated worker member of a joint health and safety committee or a worker representative in smaller workplaces to be present at the beginning of hygiene monitoring/testing. This program will help these individuals and others who may be involved in the monitoring/testing of toxic substances, radiation, temperature and other hazards. Specifically, participants will explore the need to develop and implement an effective sampling strategy that will help overcome potential testing limitations and errors that can mask harmful exposures. Discussion will also cover some of the more commonly used monitoring/testing devices.
Duration: 6.00 hour(s)
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Office Biohazards: Viruses, Moulds and Bacteria


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This program explores how biohazards such as viruses, mould and bacteria can damage the health of exposed workers in offices or similar settings. Participants explore how biohazards are transmitted through the work environment and how they enter the body of an exposed worker. Potential examples of biohazards in office settings are identified and discussed ranging from the flu virus to the bacteria responsible for the development of legionnaire's disease. Relevant legislation is reviewed including the WHMIS Regulation and various hazard alerts and guides. Tools and techniques used for identifying and assessing biohazards including regular workplace inspections, illness reports and direct communication with workers are discussed. Participants will then discuss hand washing, ventilation systems and other biohazard transmission control measures along with strategies for gaining their implementation in the workplace.

VIDEO: Biohazards - Alive and Growing [12 minutes]
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Office Layout and Design


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This program explores problems with overall office layout, such as lighting, ventilation, storage space and noise. It also deals with specific elements of office workstations, such as the chairs, desks and the use of VDTs. Participants will discuss the risk to health created by poorly designed work stations and other hazards. They will also focus on control measures designed to eliminate the risk to worker health.

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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Office Work Environment


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Participants discuss how office work has changed over the past decade and how these changes have made these environments more hazardous. They will explore how posture, force, and repetition influence the risk for developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as back pain and tendonitis. Also identified is the basic office ergonomic design principles needed to reduce the risk for developing an MSD. Poor indoor air quality and stress are just two of many more office hazards to be discussed. Relevant legislation is reviewed along with guidelines for office ergonomics developed by the Canadian Standards Association. Participants then review assessment tools for identifying and assessing hazards in the office environment and the risk to health for exposed workers. Participants will also review the components of an effective action plan aimed at eliminating the wide range of risk factors found in the modern office setting.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Ontario Health and Safety Law


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Training participants will explore the history of occupational health and safety legislation in Ontario and look closely at the Occupational Health and Safety Act reviewing the rights and responsibilities of all workplace parties. Discussions will also touch on work refusals, work stoppages, due diligence and the internal responsibility system including duties of joint health and safety committee members. Participants will also have a better understanding of the additional training requirements needed by all workplace parties to help ensure a safe and healthy work environment and compliance with the law.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Oxidizing and Reactive Agents


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This program outlines the hazardous characteristics of oxidizing and reactive agents with a focus on potential sources of exposure. Relevant legislation is outlined including the Regulation Respecting Control of Biological or Chemical Agents. Practical strategies for recognizing and assessing the hazardous potential of oxidizing and reactive agents, including the use of MSDSs and workplace inspections, are reviewed. Participants will discuss specific measures that can be used to eliminate or control worker exposure including the development and implementation of procedures for storing, dispensing and handling of these agents.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Patient Handling


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Patient handling tasks, including lifting, transferring and repositioning patients, are the main cause of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) among health care workers. This three-hour training program will provide participants with knowledge they can apply in their workplace to help prevent these often debilitating disorders. Program participants will learn about legislation and regulations relevant to patient handling. They will also learn to assess contributing factors of patient handling hazards - factors grouped into three categories, the task, the workplace components and the patient's characteristics. Finally, they will also review elements a joint health and safety committee should ensure are in effect in order to support a strong prevention program. To this end, participants engage in various activities aimed at understanding model patient handling policies and various assessment and selection tools used to assist workers in determining the scale of the hazard and necessary procedures and equipment.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Personal Protective Equipment


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Most safety legislation in Canada acknowledges that personal protective equipment (PPE) should be used only in special circumstances and for limited periods of time. Still, workers are often required to make use of PPE. Participants will review their safe use along with their many inadequacies that may add to hazard exposure risk.

* French program available.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Personal Protective Equipment - French


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Power Presses


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This program will help raise awareness of the hazards faced by power press operators, die setters and maintenance workers. Participants will also review measures for recognizing and assessing these hazards along with the measures that can be introduced to eliminate worker exposure.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Powered Elevating Work Platform Operator


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This two-day program introduces veteran and novice powered elevating work platform operators to different types of lifts, hazards and related legal obligations. Participants will learn how to safely operate a lift and demonstrate their skill and knowledge through a practical session. In-class, learners will participate in active lectures and use worksheets to review specific content. In a separate hands-on demonstration, each participant will demonstrate proper daily inspection and will operate lift(s) to complete a series of tasks. Upon successful completion participants will receive a record of training (ROT).
Duration: 6.00 hour(s)
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Pressurized Systems


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Exposure to heat or scalding materials, explosions and toxic substances are some of the hazards associated with pressurized systems reviewed in this program. Relevant legislation will be outlined including the Boilers and Pressure Vessels Act and Regulations. Participants will review the tools used for hazard recognition and assessment along with the measures that will be needed to control hazardous exposures, including preventive maintenance.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Propane for CH-02 ROT


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To work with propane and use propane fuelled equipment workers must hold a CH-02 (Construction Heater Operator 2) certificate from an accredited training facility. This one day, WHSC Propane CH-02 ROT program meets and surpasses the regulatory requirements of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) and its regulations. The training program consists of two sessions. First, an in-class session provides participants with critical education on propane characteristics, proper handling, storage and use, plus applicable legislation. Participants will also be required to complete written evaluation worksheets. A second hands-on session allows participants to learn and then demonstrate skills such as inspections and transfers, as well as how to manifold three cylinders together, connect construction heaters and torches to cylinders, and safely start up and shut down all equipment. Upon successful conclusion, the training program participants will receive a record of training (ROT) certificate, valid for three years from date of issue.
Duration: 6.00 hour(s)
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Propane Handling, Storage and Use


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Workers handling, storing and using propane cylinders and equipment powered by propane risk serious injury as a result of fire and explosion and other hazards. Participants will discuss these hazards along with the tools needed to identify and assess each. They will also review the measures for eliminating or controlling worker exposure. Important to this discussion is the need for specific training for those handling, storing and using propane cylinders.

NOTE: A more comprehensive six-hour program is available for workplace parties who are responsible for handling, storing and using propane cylinders.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Propane Handling, Storage and Use


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Workers performing a wide range of tasks involving the handling, storage and use of propane cylinders and equipment powered by propane risk serious injury as a result of fire and explosion and other hazards. This program looks at specific tasks and circumstances where workers may be at risk. Relevant legislation is outlined, including the Ontario Propane Code. Participants explore practical strategies for recognizing and assessing hazards associated with the handling, storage or use of propane. They also discuss measures for eliminating or controlling harmful exposures. A hands-on component for the use of propane cylinders is an important part of the learning process.
Duration: 6.00 hour(s)
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Roadway Work


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Traffic, temperature extremes and toxic substances are just a few of the specific hazards reviewed in this program along with various risks to worker and public health. Relevant legislation is reviewed along with practical strategies for recognizing and assessing the hazards associated with roadway work. This discussion focuses on effective communication and planning. Specific methods of controlling common hazards are reviewed along with the role of joint committees in recommending control measures.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Robotic Machinery


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Participants will explore potential hazards of working with or near robotic machinery including unexpected movements during maintenance, programming or other operations and the risk to worker health. Relevant legislation will be reviewed along with the various hazard recognition and assessment tools. This program also looks at the various methods of controlling worker exposure to the hazards of robotic machinery and the workplace strategies required to gain their implementation.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Rough Terrain Forklift Operator


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This program is for workers required to operate rough terrain forklifts often used on construction projects, landscaping and other outdoor job sites with “unimproved” natural terrain or disturbed terrain. Participants explore the proper selection, design and operation of these vehicles with special attention paid to load capacity and stability. Specific safety measures including pre-start inspections, overhead guards, ergonomic design considerations, hydraulic safety, restricted view awareness and personal protective equipment are discussed. Legislation, regulations and standards related to the operation and maintenance rough terrain forklifts are identified and discussed. Participants will also explore important training requirements and the legal obligation for competency.

NOTE: This program is developed to meet the standards outlined in the Ontario Ministry of Labour's Guidelines for Safe Operations and Maintenance of Powered Lift Trucks and the Canadian Standards Association Standard B335. According to this CSA Standard, fork lift operators shall be retrained at intervals not exceeding three years. The Workers Health and Safety Centre also offers a Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Mid-Term Evaluation program and recommends this be done 18 months after the training or retraining as a means of ensuring ongoing operator competency.
Duration: 6.00 hour(s)
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Rough Terrain Forklift Operator - Mid-Term Evaluation


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This one hour mid-term evaluation helps to ensure lift truck operators retain the skills and knowledge they've secured through the Rough Terrain Operator safety training program (or retraining) and experience. This evaluation is recommended in the CSA Safety Standard for Lift Trucks (B335-04). The WHSC offers this service using a WHSC-certified instructor with experience in the operation of lift trucks. The instructor observes a wide range of practical skills. The main purpose of this evaluation is to suggest immediate corrective action for observed operational behaviour and to identify future training needs.
Duration: 1.00 hour(s)
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Safety Hazards


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Industrial workers in machine shops or other small manufacturing plants are exposed to a multitude of safety hazards. These include hazards associated with noise, walking and working surfaces, electricity and energy systems, forklifts, manual material handling and machines. As well, new tools, equipment, products or work procedures can introduce new and unexpected hazards. This unique WHSC training program is designed for on-site delivery with an emphasis on assisting the process for identifying and reporting workplace-specific hazards. By the end of this training, participants will gain an awareness of safety hazards in their workplace. They will demonstrate the effective use of their workplace hazard reporting forms and learn that documenting and reporting hazards will lead to proper assessment and controls. Participants will also gain an understanding of the purpose of a health and safety policy and the components of an effective health and safety program. They will discuss the role of the workplace parties, including the joint health and safety committee or worker representative, in developing and maintaining said program.
Duration: 1.00 hour(s)
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Skid Steer Operator


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This training program will provide participants with an understanding of skid steer features along with associated hazards and control measures. The training is suitable for both new and experienced skid steer operators. It is designed for delivery over two days. The first day is an in-class session. Participants will learn about various types of skid steers and attachments plus their application within different work sectors. They will also learn about the hazards associated with each attachment and factors such as weight capacity, rough terrain, speed and turning, that can affect the skid steer stability. This session also covers the centre of gravity and load centre theory as well as the combined centre of gravity concept. Finally, they will explore the Occupational Health and Safety Act to gain an understanding of key rights and responsibilities for the workplace parties. The second day is a hands-on demonstration session -- otherwise known as a practicum. Participants will demonstrate their knowledge of standard hand signals and specific safety procedures followed by a practical driving demonstration. By the end of the two sessions, participants will gain the requisite knowledge and skills needed for the safe operation of a skid steer vehicle.
Duration: 6.00 hour(s)
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Smaller Workplaces Health & Safety Program


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Under Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act, most workplaces which regularly employ more than five workers and less than 20 must ensure there is at least one worker health and safety representative.

Health and safety representatives have the legal right and the duty to inspect the workplace, investigate injuries and recommend control measures. This two-day comprehensive training program is designed to help health and safety representatives fulfill their legal requirement and to support their prevention efforts. Participants will gain knowledge about their rights and duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including their legal right to inspect the workplace, investigate injuries and recommend control measures. They will learn the skills necessary to develop a proper inspection procedure, to conduct an effective investigation, and to establish, maintain and review a workplace health and safety program.
Duration: 12.00 hour(s)
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Solvents


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This program will benefit workers who work directly with solvents and those who may be exposed indirectly. Participants discuss the routes of exposure, the acute and chronic health effects associated with this exposure along with the flammable nature of solvents. Potential control measures are outlined along with strategies to implement these measures.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Spray Painting


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This program reviews the various methods of spray painting and the circumstances under which workers may be exposed to airborne toxins and a number of other risks, including fire and explosion. Various components of spray paints will be outlined along with potential health effects ranging from irritation of the eyes and skin to a variety of occupational diseases. Methods of recognizing and assessing potential risks in spray painting operations are discussed including the use of MSDSs and WHMIS labels. Relevant legislation is also reviewed along with various practical methods of controlling worker exposure.

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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Stress in the Workplace-CHS


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Mounting evidence shows workplace stress is a serious hazard posing significant risk to workers’ health and well-being. This training program is designed to equip participants with information that will enable them to identify causes of workplace stress, recognize its health effects and assess and implement effective controls. They will learn that strategies necessary to find and implement solutions to workplace stress require collaboration of the workplace parties. This program includes several resources participants can use later in the workplace including the Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire (COPSOQ) which is a tool for assessing psychosocial working conditions, health and wellbeing.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Supervisor Health & Safety Training


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This informative one-day program is designed to help supervisors understand and fulfill all of their legal duties and responsibilities including the consequences of noncompliance. Under Ontario’s Occupational Health & Safety Act and Regulations, employers must ensure supervisors complete basic occupational health and safety awareness training in addition to knowledge and competency-based training specific to the workplace. Participants will learn about the Internal Responsibility System (IRS), the concept of due diligence and the rights and functions of the joint health and safety committee (JHSC). Detailed attention is paid to the supervisor's role in work refusals, Ministry of Labour workplace inspections and JHSC or health and safety representative inspections and investigations, all governed by the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The program also reviews relevant case law and provisions of the Criminal Code to give participants a clear understanding of their duties under this Federal statute.
Duration: 6.00 hour(s)
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Traffic Control


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This program offers insight for workers and supervisors into the many hazards of traffic control and road work along with equipment, measures and procedures required to safely manage traffic flow, including signalling and other specific duties of a “competent” traffic control worker. Participants will also be introduced to the Ministry of Transportation’s Ontario Traffic Manual Book 7—Temporary Conditions which provides added guidance for the rules required for work on or near roadways.

The program is also designed to help employers meet their legal obligation to provide written and oral instructions to workers and assure worker competency (s. 69(4) and 106, O. Reg. 213/91—Construction Regulations). Like all WHSC programs, this training applies adult learning principles to ensure learning is achieved.
Duration: 6.00 hour(s)
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Transportation of Dangerous Goods


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This program introduces participants to the legislation that governs the transportation of dangerous goods. Participants will focus on specific sections of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and the TDG "Clear Language" Regulations. This will include a review of the classification system for dangerous goods, labeling and placarding systems, specific training requirements and a wide range of issues dealing with "dangerous occurrences". Also discussed are the short and long term strategies for implementing changes necessary to protect workers from hazardous spills during the transport of dangerous substances.

NOTE: The WHSC offers a more comprehensive six-hour program for transportation workers responsible for transporting dangerous goods and others needing a greater base of knowledge.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Vehicle Driving Hazards


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Poor road conditions, long hours and stress along with the physical condition of vehicles are just a few of many driving hazards to be discussed in this program. Traffic fatalities are often the focus of media attention. Still, truck drivers and other vehicle operators can suffer other health effects including back injuries and a variety of acute and chronic effects from vehicle emissions. Relevant legislation will be outlined along with practical methods of recognizing and assessing driving hazards. Control measures for the wide variety of hazards are explored including preventive maintenance and effective driver training.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Vehicle Emissions


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Through interactive discussions, participants explore the risks to health associated with the toxic particulates and gases emitted from a variety of vehicles. As well as becoming familiar with the appropriate legislation, participants discuss the tools necessary to recognize and assess vehicle emission problems. Also discussed are specific controls designed to eliminate or reduce exposures including the use of alternative fuel and the installation of exhaust treatment devices.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Vibration


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This program introduces participants to both hand-arm and whole-body vibration and common sources of exposure to each. Common health effects are outlined including damage to the musculoskeletal system and other various organs and systems of the body. Relevant legislation will be reviewed including the fact Ontario legislation does not directly address the issue of vibration. Various hazard assessment tools will be discussed along with practical measures to control worker exposure to hazardous vibration.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Walking and Working Surfaces


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This program explores the many reasons why we slip, trip and fall while working and speaks to the various resulting injuries and potentially fatal consequences. Poor housekeeping and maintenance and a lack of training are just a few of the potential causal factors discussed. Relevant legislation is reviewed including sections of the Regulation for Industrial Establishments and the Ontario Building Code. Effective housekeeping and the use of slip-resistant floor coating are included in the discussion outlining practical methods of eliminating or controlling exposure to hazardous walking and working surfaces.

* French program available.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Walking and Working Surfaces - French


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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Waste Disposal


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This program looks at the generation, transport and disposal of waste and the hazards presented to workers and the public at each of these stages. Relevant legislation is reviewed including WHMIS, Dangerous Goods Transportation Act and federal hazardous waste legislation. Practical methods of recognizing and assessing potential health risks are outlined including the use of waste identity labels and hygiene monitoring. Participants discuss measures that can be used in their workplaces to eliminate or control the risk posed by waste disposal including detailed work procedures and proper labeling of waste containers.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Water and Ice Rescue


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This program explores the hazards associated with water and ice rescue, including temperature extremes, water currents along with the characteristics of ice and ice development. Specific health risks are discussed including frostbite, hypothermia and drowning. Relevant legislation will be reviewed along with practical strategies for identifying and assessing the hazards associated with water and ice rescue. Participants will discuss the general requirements for water and ice rescue including well-trained rescuers, standard operating procedures and effective communication.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Welding Hazards


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This program looks at the various hazards faced by welders and those working near welding operations, including hazardous fumes, gases, noise and extreme heat. Relevant legislation is reviewed including sector regulations and WHMIS. Hygiene monitoring, workplace inspections and ongoing communication with all workplace parties are a few of the hazard recognition and assessment tools reviewed. Practical measures for eliminating or controlling welding hazards such as local exhaust ventilation and respiratory protection are discussed.

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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Welding Hazards - French


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Work Design


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Workers in every sector are suffering musculoskeletal disorders. This program looks at some of the factors responsible for the development of these debilitating disorders. Specifically, participants explore poorly designed workstations, tools and equipment, the work environment and work organization. Relevant legislation is reviewed along with hazard recognition and assessment tools, such as workplace inspections and listening to worker concerns and suggestions. The use of ergonomic principles when designing or modifying work and the workplace is an important part of the discussion focusing on eliminating work design hazards.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Work Organization


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This program explores how hours of work, scheduling, technological change, pace of work and other elements of work organization affect the health and well-being of workers. Relevant legislation is reviewed along with hazard recognition and assessment tools. Flextime, job enrichment and job rotation are just a few of the measures explored that look to overcome the hazards associated with poor work organization and lessen the risk to health faced by workers.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Working at Heights


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Employers must ensure workers on construction projects complete a working at heights training program approved by the Ontario Ministry of Labour before a worker uses a fall restricting system, fall arrest system, safety net, work belt or safety belt. This comprehensive working at heights training program has this approval. The program is divided into two modules. In module one, participants learn about the hazards of working at heights, basic rights and duties along with relevant regulations governing fall arrest hazards, fall protection equipment and working at heights projects. They will also be introduced to the use, inspection, limitations, storage and procedures for travel restraint, fall restricting and fall arrest systems. In module two, participants get hands-on training on fall protection equipment and systems. They will also explore key components of a fall rescue plan and emergency procedures. Note: Training participants must also complete a written program evaluation as required by the MOL’s Working at Heights Training Program Standard.

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Duration: 6.50 hour(s)
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Working at Heights Awareness


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In workplaces where work at heights is a potential hazard, workers, supervisors, members of joint health and safety committees and health and safety representatives will benefit from this program. It is designed to equip participants with an understanding of relevant legislation, physical hazards that contribute to the dangers of working at heights and methods of controlling related hazards. The program also addresses safety equipment such as guardrails and fall protection systems along with their limitations and precautions for their use. Participants will also learn about the selection and proper use of other equipment such as ladders and scaffolds. This program includes a demonstration of the proper use of a full body harness. This exercise is for awareness only. Workers working at heights, especially in the construction sector, require more comprehensive training. (See our 6.5 hour Working At Heights program.)

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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Working at Heights Awareness - French


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Workplace Inspections


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Knowing what to look for and why are key elements in conducting workplace inspections. This program focuses on the two objectives of workplace inspections: to identify new hazards or conditions that need to be addressed, and to check existing controls to ensure they are effective.

The training program covers the legal roles and responsibilities of all workplace parties, including employers and supervisors, with respect to workplace inspections. Participants also learn about the responsibilities of worker members of joint health and safety committees and worker health and safety representatives in smaller workplaces to "identify situations that may be a source of danger or hazard to workers" and to "make recommendations for the improvement of the health and safety of workers."
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Workplace Investigations


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The WHSC's Workplace Investigations program prepares employers, supervisors, joint health and safety committee members, health and safety representatives to conduct investigations by revealing the traps an investigation can fall into and the steps a proper investigation must follow. The program divides workplace investigations into two parts, accident investigations and occupational illness/disease investigations. Participants will learn to examine accident theory and their relationship to hazards and to connect workplace incidents, illnesses and diseases to workplace hazards. They also learn how to conduct a step-by-step investigation which includes gathering and analyzing information; drawing conclusions; making recommendations and following up. Also included in the program are resources and tools designed to aid in an investigation, including procedures for physical inspections, job hazard analysis, worker surveys, monitoring, evaluations and report writing.
Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Workplace Violence and Harassment - French


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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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Workplace Violence and Harassment CHS


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This module is designed to help workplace parties address workplace violence hazards and comply with the legal requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act to address violence and harassment in the workplace as outlined by Bill 168. Participants will review the definition of workplace violence and harassment and discuss risk factors associated with workplace violence. They will also evaluate tools necessary to identify and assess workplace violence hazards in order to implement effective control measures.

Participants will develop the knowledge necessary to help them fulfill OHSA's requirements including developing and posting written policies with respect to workplace violence, conducting a risk assessment, developing a workplace violence and harassment program and training workers regarding the workplace policies and programs. They will also learn about the employer's duty to observe for evidence of domestic violence and to provide information about "a person with a history of violent behaviour."

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Duration: 3.00 hour(s)
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