Drug & Alcohol Policies including Cannabis

August 27, 2018 on 7:19 pm | In Announcements | Comments Off

It’s time to take a good look at your current D&A policy, that’s if you have one, to see if it will meet the requirements of Canada’s new “legalization” and “decriminalization” laws! In fact, do your employees truly understand what these 2 terms mean, in the context of the law? Do they think they will be able to bring Cannabis to work in their lunch bag and that you are powerless to stop them?
Management needs policies in place to ensure they are providing a safe work environment for their employees and employees need training so that they fully understand this legislation and the employer’s policies. Supervisory staff also need training and the tools available to help them uphold the policies and provide a safe work environment. The introduction date of October 17 is only 6 weeks out!
Don’t wait for an ugly incident to occur, do not hesitate to contact us either by email at lbusch@buschtraining.com or by phone at 519-578-3688 to inquire about our Drug & Alcohol including Cannabis policy, incident report and training program.

Fire Safety Plans

August 27, 2018 on 6:50 pm | In Announcements | Comments Off

Do you have a current up to date Fire Safety Plan with posted evacuation routes in your facility? Do you have adequate fire protection systems installed in your workplace? Are the checks and inspections of equipment being made as required under the Code? Have your employees received training so they know what to do in the event of an emergency? And has your local Fire Dept. reviewed and approved your plan?

We at Busch Training we have been involved in developing Fire Safety Plans for a wide range of clientele over the past 13 years. These facilities include a variety of occupancies under the Fire Code including industrial, retail, residential and assemblies. We have worked with provincial Fire Codes across Canada and have met the requirements of countless Fire Departments and officials in both major cities and small towns. We work directly with the Fire officials to get the plan reviewed and approved. We conduct training sessions with your employees or residents, whatever the case, until the system is in place and operational.

Whether the Fire Department has issued an order for a FSP or you are conscientiously concerned about your due diligence as an employer, an owner or a landlord don’t put this off any longer, do not hesitate to contact us either by email at lbusch@buschtraining.com or by phone at 519-578-3688 to inquire about our Fire Safety Plan services.

JHSC Certification Training Schedule January 2016

January 4, 2016 on 5:01 pm | In MOL | Comments Off

The MOL announced on Oct. 1st that the new 2015 training Standard for JHSC certified members will take effect on March 1, 2016 and until that date training under the existing 1996 Standard will continue to be valid. (see our Oct. 6th blog)
In conjunction with that announcement we have continued to offer this training to our clients however this is coming to an end very soon.
We have scheduled our next Part 1 session on January 19th and 20th and Part 2 on the 21st in Burlington at the Admiral Inn. Should these dates not work for you we have also scheduled our last Part 1 session on January 26th and 27th and our last Part 2 session on the 28th in Burlington also at the Admiral Inn. Our cost of $595.00 plus HST per person includes all the training materials.
The Admiral Inn is located at 3500 Billings Court just near the interchange of Walkers Line and the QEW/403.

This will be the last opportunity to get this training at this very competitive pricing!

We will begin offering our new revised training program under the new standard as soon as we are approved by the MOL hopefully in March of this year. Once we have been approved we will announce our revised costs and begin scheduling session.

Please do not hesitate to contact us either by email at lbusch@buschtraining.com or by phone at 519-572-2036 to inquire about our costs and to register for these courses.

CPO of the MOL announces the implementation of the New JHSC Training Standard

October 6, 2015 on 1:00 am | In MOL | Comments Off

Effective: Today, October 1st 2015, the CPO has established:

1) the new Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) Certification Training Program Standard;

2) the new JHSC Certification Training Provider Standard and;

3) new training and other requirements for JHSC learners

The Standards and the training and other requirements (posted on the ministry website) will be effective March 1, 2016, which means that after that date: any JHSC members wishing to become certified must meet the new training and other requirements in order to be certified; and, training providers must be approved to provide JHSC Certification programs that meet the new Standards.

Under the training and other requirements, to become certified, a JHSC member must complete both Part One and Part Two of a CPO-approved JHSC certification training program delivered by a CPO-approved JHSC certification training provider; and will be required to take a Refresher training program every three years to maintain their certification.

Members certified under the 1996 Standards continue to be certified and will not be subject to additional requirements to maintain their certifications, including Refresher training. The 1996 Certification Standards will remain in effect until February 29, 2016.

In order to deliver JHSC Certification Training as of March 1, 2016, all training providers (including existing approved providers and potential providers) will need to apply to the MOL for CPO approval under the new JHSC Certification Training Standards starting October 1, 2015. Training providers approved under the new Standards may begin to deliver the new JHSC Certification training as of March 1, 2016. Training providers approved under the 1996 Standard can continue to provide JHSC training under the 1996 Standard until February 29, 2016.

As of March 1, 2016, JHSC members who have completed only Part 1 under the 1996 Standard will have to complete Part 2 under the new Standards in order to be certified, and will be required to take Refresher training every 3 years to maintain their certification.

A list of all CPO-approved JHSC certification training providers will be posted to the Ministry of Labour (MOL) website in winter 2016 as they are approved.

The format of the JHSC Certification Training Program is:

Part One Training: is generic and will be applicable to all workplaces where a JHSC is required. Training is based on health and safety topics, including information on legislative requirements and the roles and responsibilities of workplace parties under the OHSA. Part One training is a minimum of 3 days (19.5 hrs) and a portion can be delivered via eLearning for up to 6.5 hours. This is learning delivered electronically so learners can set their own pace, for example, by using a computer-based training course. Only specific learning outcomes from Part One will be allowed to be delivered via eLearning.

Part Two Training: will focus on a minimum of six hazards relevant to the workplace, and the training is based on the application of Recognize, Assess, Control and Evaluate (RACE) methodology to those hazard controls . Guidance material will be posted to the MOL website to assist in the selection of hazards relevant to their workplace. The minimum duration of JHSC Part Two training is 2 days (13 hrs).

Refresher: will be a review of concepts from Part One and Part Two JHSC certification training. The minimum duration for Refresher training is 1 day (6.5 hrs).

NOTE: We at Busch Training Inc. will continue to conduct training sessions at the Admiral Inn 3500 Billings Court Burlington. Our next session is to be held October 27th, 28th & 29th, followed by November 17th, 18th & 19th and then December 15th, 16th & 17, 2015. We have also scheduled 2 sessions in January, the 19th, 20th & 21st as well as the 26th, 27th & 28th 2016.

JHSC Certification Training Schedule Autumn 2015

August 24, 2015 on 5:17 pm | In Announcements | Comments Off

To become a JHSC Certified Member, under the current 1996 Standard, you must complete both the Part 1 and Part 2 of the Certified Member training program. This comprises a 2-day part 1, which is very generic for all workplaces covered by the Act, and a 3rd day to cover workplace specific significant hazards, generally about 5 hazards. Once you have successfully completed this training you will receive your certification from the MOL.

The new 2014 Standard for this training will likely be implemented sometime in 2015 although not likely until late autumn according to the MOL. However it will be a 3-day Part 1 and a 2-day Part 2 for a total of 5 days of training which of course will increase the costs by 2 days!

Considering this increased cost, just due to the extra training time as well as the extra time your workers are away from the workplace, it would make a great deal of sense to enroll workers in these courses as soon as possible and thereby beat the implementation date of the new standard. As well under the new standard Certified Members will have to receive a 1-day refresher training every 3 years to maintain their certification. Whereas under the current standard their certification does not expire and no refresher training is required.

We have scheduled our next Part 1 session on September 15th and 16th and Part 2 on the 17th in Burlington at the Admiral Inn. Should these dates not work for you we have also scheduled the following sessions:
Oct. 27, 28 & 29;
Nov. 17, 18 & 19;
Dec. 15, 16 & 17; all at the same location.
Our costs include all the training materials.

The Admiral Inn is located at 3500 Billings Court just near the interchange of Walkers Line and the QEW/403.

We also conduct this training in-house for clients for classes of a minimum of 6 participants and also hold sessions in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge areas whenever required.

Please do not hesitate to contact us either by email at lbusch@buschtraining.com or by phone at 519-572-2036 to inquire about our costs and to register for these courses.

MOL Winter Blitz 2015 for Industrial Workplaces

February 2, 2015 on 3:48 pm | In MOL | Comments Off

Just as the groundhog will make its appearance today so also will the MOL inspectors make their appearance at many Industrial Sector workplaces across the province looking for evidence of slips, trips and fall hazards that have not been properly addressed. From today February 2nd until March 15th (the Ides of March) the MOL’s Blitz is concerning hazards dealing with poor general housekeeping policies in offices and shops both inside and outside and includes company vehicles.
Here are just a few examples:
• Wet slippery surfaces – inside and outside;
• Congested aisles;
• Poorly managed materials storage areas;
• Restricted access to entrance and exit areas; and
• Cluttered and poorly maintained stairways;
Our recommendation is that management should conduct a facility inspection early this week and have workers perform an early Spring clean up!
Why wait for the inspector to write up a Compliance Order – beat them to the punch and get it done!

JHSC Certification Training Schedule Spring 2015

February 1, 2015 on 3:50 am | In MOL | Comments Off

To become a JHSC Certified Member, under the current 1996 Standard, you must complete both the Part 1 and Part 2 of the Certified Member training program. This comprises a 2-day part 1, which is very generic for all workplaces covered by the Act, and a 3rd day to cover workplace specific significant hazards, generally about 5 hazards. Once you have successfully completed this training you will receive your certification from the MOL.

The new 2014 Standard for this training will likely be implemented sometime in 2015 although not likely until the autumn according to the MOL. However it will be a 3-day Part 1 and a 2-day Part 2 for a total of 5 days of training which of course will increase the costs by 2 days!

Considering this increased cost, just due to the extra training time as well as the extra time your workers are away from the workplace, it would make a great deal of sense to enroll workers in these courses as soon as possible and thereby beat the implementation date of the new standard. As well under the new standard Certified Members will have to receive a 1-day refresher training every 3 years to maintain their certification. Whereas under the current standard their certification does not expire and no refresher training is required.

We have scheduled our next Part 1 session on March 24thand 25th and Part 2 on the 26th in Burlington at the Admiral Inn. Should these dates not work for you we have also scheduled the following sessions:
April 21st, 22nd and 23rd;
May 19th, 20th and 21st;
June 16th, 17th and 18th; all at the same location.
Our costs include all the training materials.

The Admiral Inn is located at 3500 Billings Court just near the interchange of Walkers Line and the QEW/403.

We also conduct this training in-house for clients for classes of a minimum of 6 participants and also hold sessions in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge areas whenever required.

Please do not hesitate to contact us either by email at lbusch@buschtraining.com or by phone at 519-572-2036 to inquire about our costs and to register for these courses.

Mandatory Supervisor & Worker Awareness Training

April 10, 2014 on 6:25 pm | In MOL | Comments Off

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has filed a new regulation 297/13 making Health and Safety Awareness Training mandatory for all workers and supervisors by July 1, 2014. This regulation applies to all workplaces currently covered by the Act regardless of work sector thereby including industrial, construction, mining, health care and farming.
Employers have always been responsible to provide information and instruction to their workers, this is nothing new. Employers are now required to ensure that all new workers that have not already completed an awareness training program (that met the minimum regulatory requirements) do so as soon as practical after commencing work duties. As well, any new supervisors who have not already completed an awareness training program (that met the minimum regulatory requirements) do so within the first week of commencing supervisory duties. Of course training records must be kept and made accessible to the MOL upon request.

This really means that most every employer in Ontario is compelled to train each employee on workplace Health and Safety.

To assist our clients and fully ensure they are in compliance with this new legislation we have developed two new programs. We can now offer awareness training to your workers with “Worker Awareness – Safety through Prevention” which involves 4 basic steps with a quiz following the session (3-hour session). Also we can offer awareness training to your supervisors with “Supervisor Awareness – Safety through Prevention” which involves 5 basic steps with a quiz following the session (4-hour session).
As always we offer onsite group training so please contact us for pricing and availability.

Worker Awareness – Safety through Prevention
Step 1 – Get on Board
Step 2 – Get in the Know
Step 3 – Get Involved
Step 4 – Get More Help

Supervisor Awareness – Safety through Prevention
Step 1 – Make a Difference
Step 2 – Lead the Way
Step 3 – The Supervisor’s Toolkit
Step 4 – You are not Alone
Step 5 – Be a Role Model

NEW Mandatory Safety Awareness Training Legislation for Supervisors and Workers is on its way!!!

June 26, 2013 on 9:13 pm | In MOL | Comments Off

The latest word from the Prevention Office of the Chief Prevention Officer is that a new regulation under Bill 160 is to be filed on or before July 1st 2013, that’s next week, making Health and Safety Awareness Training mandatory for all workers and supervisors by January 1, 2014. This regulation will apply to all workplaces currently covered by the Act regardless of work sector thereby including industrial, construction, mining, health care and farming.
Employers have always been responsible to provide information and instruction to their workers, this is nothing new. However now they will need to ensure that all new workers that have not already completed an awareness training program (that met the minimum proposed regulatory requirements) do so as soon as practical after commencing work duties. As well, any new supervisors who have not already completed an awareness training program (that met the minimum proposed regulatory requirements) do so within the first week of commencing supervisory duties. Of course training records must be kept and made accessible to the MOL upon request.

These NEW awareness training programs are to include the following topics:
Worker Awareness
• Rights and responsibilities of workers and supervisors under the OHSA
• Roles of workplace parties, health and safety representatives, and joint health and safety committees
• Roles of the Ministry of Labour, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, and Health and Safety partners
• Hazard recognition
• Right to be informed of hazards
• Reference to an employer’s obligations to provide information and instruction to workers about controlled products as required under Regulation 860 (WHMIS) of the OHSA
• Latency and illness related to occupational disease
Supervisor Awareness
• Rights and responsibilities of workers and supervisors under the OHSA
• Roles of workplace parties, health and safety representatives, and joint health and safety committees
• Roles of the Ministry of Labour, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, and Health and Safety partners
• Recognition, assessment, control and evaluation of hazards
• Where resources and assistance are available

At Busch Training we have always covered this content in two of our well established training programs specifically our General Worker Training and our Due Diligence for Supervisors Training. However to assist our clients and fully ensure they are in compliance with this new legislation we have developed two new programs. We can now offer awareness training to your workers with “Worker Awareness – Safety through Prevention” which involves 4 basic steps with a quiz following each module (3-hour session). Also we can offer awareness training to your supervisors with “Supervisor Awareness – Safety through Prevention” which involves 5 basic steps with a quiz following each module (4-hour session).
As always we offer onsite group training so please contact us for pricing and availability.

FREE Workwell Audit Assistance for WSIB’s NEW Health & Safety Performance Review!!!

April 15, 2013 on 6:23 pm | In Announcements | Comments Off

What’s new for 2013?
WSIB’s new version of the Workwell Audit – it’s referred to as a Risk Management Plan (RMP). This is not a new concept as they have used a similar idea before. Years ago an auditor could exercise an option to actually conduct the audit or to develop an action plan with the employer and would thereby commit them to achieving certain elements of the audit within a defined timeline. Letters are being sent to selected employers across the province each quarter this year.
Evaluators (Workwell Auditors) are being assigned to meet with these employers to:
• review their health and safety performance data;
• assist them in identifying areas to focus on to prevent injury and illness;
• assist in developing a 6 month plan of action to address these areas, and
• provide them with a sample hazard management tool.

This is not a Workwell Audit, at least not at this point!
However we have found that evaluators are generally requiring the employer to conduct a Workplace Hazard Assessment over this six month period to identify areas for improvement throughout their operation. They provide the employer with a sample “hazard management tool” as mentioned above, but do permit the employer to use other acceptable systems or methodologies to conduct this assessment.

How can we help you?
Busch Training has developed a new Hazard Assessment tool which recently received rave reviews by one of the Board’s seasoned Auditors stating “it is very clear, concise and easy to follow”. We have found that it certainly simplifies the system presented by the Evaluators, therefore requiring less time to complete and implement!

What are we will to do for you?
We will provide an absolutely FREE CONSULTATION to any employer who receives notice of this RMP.
This could mean we attend your meeting with this Evaluator to be of assistance to you, or we arrange a consultation with your team after your first evaluation meeting.
You determine the time and place!
We will provide you with a sound action plan to assist you in achieving your obligations to WSIB.
This consultation may take up to four (4) hours and it is ABSOLUTELY FREE with NO OBLIGATION to use our services at all!

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