The Small Business Health and Safety Training Program will improve health and safety awareness and help prevent illnesses and injuries as the province reopens.
TORONTO – The Ontario government has announced a $10.5 million investment towards providing 60,000 small businesses across the province with free online health and safety training over the next three years. Businesses will also be reimbursed for the time their representatives are away from work for the training.
The Small Business Health and Safety Training Program was proudly developed, designed and produced for the province by Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA). “Thanks to the hard work of PSHSA’s talented instructional designers, eLearning developers and subject matter experts, small businesses now have access to the knowledge and tools to keep workers safe” said Glenn Cullen, CEO and COO of PSHSA. “This wouldn’t have been possible without our team and considerable input from our fellow health and safety associations.”
PSHSA commends the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development for keeping workers safe by providing tailored health and safety support to small businesses at a time when they need it most – maintaining healthy and safe workplaces will be critical to their return to the workplace. This free training will improve the health and safety of smaller employers across the province without further financial strain.
“Our small business clients are looking for accessible OHS information that they can immediately apply to keep their workplaces safe and their workers healthy. This eLearning program provides them with the relevant information they need to achieve that,” said Henrietta Van hulle, Vice President, Client Outreach, Stakeholder and Government Relations of PSHSA.
The Small Business Health and Safety Training Program will provide health and safety representatives (HSR) of small businesses with information on how to keep workers safe and fulfil their responsibilities as for health and safety in the workplace. The eLearning program takes 6-8 hours to complete and covers the fundamentals of workplace health and safety, including legal requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), rights, duties and responsibilities of workplace parties, recognition, assessment, control and evaluation of common workplace hazards, and workplace inspection and investigation.
Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA) is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and works with employers and workers within Ontario’s public and broader public sector, providing training, consulting and resources to reduce workplace risks and prevent occupational injuries and illnesses.