Legal Awareness I - Supervising in a Recreation Environment

The Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training regulation requires health and safety awareness training for every worker and supervisor under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). The regulation came into force July 1, 2014. To ensure that persons working within the recreation industry are receiving the most current and up to date health and safety information, the ORFA has partnered with Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) in the development and delivery of these materials. PSHSA is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Labour and works with Ontario’s Public and Broader Public Sector employers and workers, providing training, consulting and resources to reduce workplace risks and prevent occupational injuries and illnesses.

The basic requirement of OHSA remains unchanged; only "competent persons" are allowed to take care and control of a work place or supervise other persons at work. What has changed is the MOL focus on ensuring that competency is in place. The OHSA is clear on how competency is defined. In order for a worker to meet the legal obligation of competency they must:

  • be qualified because of their knowledge, training and experience to organize the work and supervise safe performance;
  • be familiar with the Act, Regulations, Policies and Procedures that apply to the work;
  • have knowledge of any potential or actual danger or hazard to health and safety in the workplace.

Legal Awareness I is an in-depth review of the Occupational Health and Safety Act as outlined in the second competency bullet above. This information forms a strong foundation for all recreation professionals to apply in their day-to-day responsibilities. Once complete, it is strongly recommended that Legal Awareness II be attended as it focuses on the other regulations and policies and procedures that are considered standard within our industry.

Who should attend?
  • Workers who are required to work alone in their workplaces are considered supervisors under the OHSA
  • Workers whose job description identifies them as a lead hand, supervisor or manager

Instructors: Greg Wright, RRFA, Manager of Community Services, Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands (retired) and Jeff Pajot, Jeff Pajot, BSc.Kin, CCPE, CRSP, OHS Cert.Health & Safety Consultant- Government & Municipal Sector, Public Services Health & Safety Association/ L'Association de santé et sécurité pour les services publics