Lack of training for supervisors and management is often the weakest link in workplaces in Ontario.
A well trained supervisor can prevent and eliminate most workplace injuries and workers will be more productive knowing safety is a reality that is respected. Management should attend the training theory class for 2 reasons.
Facts to assist
First and most important that they must be competent according to the Law therefore this provides proof of training.
Are you a Competent Supervisor as per the OHSA Regulation 851 ?
Can you provide proof / documentation ?
Second, do you know what is being said in the training class, is it professional, is it relevant, is it correct and are students relating to the instructor and the program. When you are paying for a service, you should see benefits other than a certificate showing you had training.
DUTIES OF EMPLOYERS & OTHER PERSONS
Duties of employers
25. (c) when appointing a supervisor, appoint a competent person;
The OHSA states to appoint a competent person as a supervisor which is one with knowledge, training and experience.
25. 1) An employer shall ensure that,
2. a) provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker to protect the health or safety of the worker;
c) when appointing a supervisor, appoint a competent person;
h) take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker;
Supervisors are responsible for monitoring operator performance on an ongoing basis — taking note of any workplace-specific need for retraining (more frequent than every 3 years).
CSA B335-15 section 6.1.1
1) Operator training should be part of a larger comprehensive lift truck safety program that includes ongoing
a) Identification and prompt correction of hazardous situations; and
b) Monitoring and supervision to ensure that lift trucks are operated in a safe manner.
Bill C-45 has serious outcomes if you do not demonstrate due diligence.
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Performing and monitoring of associates and evaluations The CSA B335-15 standard - section 4.1 for forklift states:
Supervision is an essential element in the safe operation of powered lift trucks.
Monitoring operator performance on an ongoing basis is an important part of this supervisory responsibility.
Supervision has the general responsibility for taking note of any need for retraining or further action, and documenting the action taken.