It is now more important than ever to confirm the validity of training tickets presented by workers. Illegitimate training tickets are becoming increasingly common, raising a serious issue with many implications impacting several Canadian provinces. According to the Calgary Herald, “Evidence leads RCMP to believe most of the forged certificates were sold in Alberta but some have crossed borders into nearby provinces.” Both the RCMP and Canadian Red Cross are investigating the matter with hopes to restore the safety and wellbeing of workplaces at risk.
Trained workers are essential to ensuring a safe and healthy work environment, achieving the ultimate goal of zero injuries, zero harm. In 2019, there were nearly 200 fraudulent training tickets confiscated – and these are just the ones that have been caught. Imagine how many more illegitimate training certificates exist, putting countless of innocent people at risk. It is now critical that companies confirm and validate training tickets presented by new workers. There are resources available that can help safety managers ensure the legitimacy and authenticity of certificates. Here are links to some common validation tools:
You should always call the provider to verify other training tickets. It is important to recognize that the worker may or may not know the tickets are fraudulent. Safety should always be the top priority, and establishing a proper system to validate training tickets is imperative to an effective safety program and ensuring you are complying with occupational health and safety legislation.
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