New virtual health and safety training underway

Monday, May 11, 2020

Workplace Safety North moves some provincial safety training online

This month, Workplace Safety North (WSN) introduces new live online health and safety training for Ontario forest products and mining industries.

“Due to COVID-19, we had to quickly adapt in-person health and safety training to a live, online virtual classroom,” says Jo-Anne Rousseau, WSN Health and Safety Specialist. 

“Workplace Safety North staff have been working hard to transition courses designed for the classroom into an online setting, and then piloting them, so staff have the opportunity to get accustomed to teaching in a virtual classroom.

“In an online learning environment, it’s more challenging to get and keep the participant’s attention, so the courses are designed to encourage engagement, with lots of activities and opportunities for participation.

“Having a live instructor is crucial to making sure the health and safety information is being understood by everyone in the virtual classroom,” adds Rousseau. Live online training from WSN includes both provincially-approved sector-specific courses, as well as general health and safety courses for all sectors, with some available in English and French. 

As of May-June 2020, four live, online courses are available from Workplace Safety North, with other courses under development:

1. OHS Act and Industrial Regulations teaches participants about occupational health and safety law in Ontario. The course is designed for JHSC members, health and safety representatives, supervisors and other interested workers and members of management; approved by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD); includes 150-page Participant Manual.

2. OHS Act and Mining Regulations - Mining Supervisor Common Core helps participants become familiar with the format and contents of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act and Regulations for Mines and Mining Plants. The course meets the knowledge requirements for a portion of the module Follow Safety Program of the Common Core for First-Line Supervisors (including Program #770121, #770131 and #770141); approved by MLTSD; includes 206-page Participant Manual.

3. Competent Supervisor (all sectors) – Supervisors have a legal duty to protect workers. Over the years, Joint Health and Safety Committee members acquire extensive health and safety knowledge through JHSC certification training. But when they take this knowledge back to their workplace, they sometimes deal with supervisors who are not as extensively trained in health and safety. This program attempts to bridge that gap by making supervisors aware of their legal duties and responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. It also gives them a solid foundation of health and safety knowledge to deal with the many issues they will face in their work. Course available in English or French.

4. Mining Health and Safety Train-the-Trainer Program - This intensive course is designed to prepare the participants to design and deliver high-quality interactive mining health and safety skill-based training to other employees, and evaluate the effectiveness of the training provided.

For more information, contact


Course catalogue