Workplace safety is a shared responsibility across all organizations and their hired contractors.
As such, there is a need to ensure workers receive the proper basic health and safety orientations. Two developments are occuring in Canada to ensure this need is being met in an efficient and straight-forward manner.
As of July 2014 a new regulation will require health and safety awareness training for every Ontario worker and supervisor under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
The training will be mandatory for all workplaces and businesses across Ontario save those where workers and supervisors have already received the adequate training. Employees will learn basic information about safety in their workplace environments and what their rights are. The regulation comes into force July 1, 2014, allowing workplace parties time to prepare.
Enform Online General Safety Orientation (e-GSO)
Enform has created an online general safety orientation in order to provide a consistent general orientation standard that meets minimum OHS requirements. Based on ENFORM’s General Safety Orientation that was first introduced in 2012, this online orientation is free, has no expiry date and is intended to create a more efficient general safety orientation process. This online process also generates e-GSO certificates for individuals that have a Petroleum Safety Training (PST) certificate. The six industry associations that direct ENFORM were supportive of this standard and recognized the opportunity to reduce the repetitive delivery of basic safety information and focusing attention on site specific orientations. The e-GSO is a 30 minute orientation video that meets standard safety requirements and was developed specifically for the new young workforce entering the upstream oil & gas industry.