Workplace training standards are developed from the activities defined in occupational standards, and they include learning objectives to ensure that the necessary skills and knowledge are developed by a person to enable him or her to function at occupation with achieving a level of competency.
The meaning of competency is simple. A person found to be competent must have knowledge, experience and training, knowledge of current and updated policies, procedures, legislation and regulations pertaining to the work they do, and be able to identify all hazards associated with the work they perform.
Competency vs Competent can be defined as though both having similar meanings, competence and competency are used in different contexts. Competence refers to a person’s ability or skills and knowledge that he or she possesses. Competencies of a job refer to description of how things have to be done, how they need to be completed safely.
Trainers are to develop a hazard control program which consists of all steps necessary to protect workers from exposure to a substance or system, the training and the procedures required to monitor worker exposure and their health to hazards such as chemicals, materials or substance, or other types of hazards such as noise and vibration.
When a worker is expected to perform their duties and responsibilities in a safe and healthy manner, the employer needs to ensure proper training is being conducted. The employer is responsible to hire or contract a training facilitator that is competent, is in possession of a designation providing authorization to train, as well as being held accountable for their training program.
Instructors that provide inadequate training which does not meet or exceed the training requirements, are known as incompetent. Not only are instructors cheating the participants out of knowledge and training. They are not providing the participants the ability to identify hazards. These hazards if left unidentified through inadequate and substandard training, could result in a critical injury, or even a life threatening event.
Participants and employers that are dependent on these competent instructors, must ensure that the instructor is in fact also trained to perform the scope of work being instructed. They must also have proof of competent training themselves.
Employee training and development is a broad term covering multiple kinds of employee learning. Training is a program that helps employees learn specific knowledge or skills to improve performance in their current roles. The instructor has the most responsibility verifying that the participant is knowledgeable.
A professional instructor will be liable for the information and training provided throughout the term of the certification provided. The employer needs to determine if the instructor is in fact prepared to take on this liability.
Ensure that your workers, sub – contractors, are being trained with the most up to date program, ask the instructor to provide a detailed summary of the program, and the ask if they will be liable for the training delivered. If they answer yes to the above, you have a competent instructor. If they answer no to any of the above, then you need not bother asking them to provide the training. They are not competent and will increase your liability.
Update on Ontario’s Certified Superload Escort Program
The Ministry of Transportation has amended sections 110 and 110.1 of the Highway Traffic Act to allow a certified person who is not a police officer to direct traffic when escorting an over-dimensional superload. Supporting Ontario Regulation 215/18 details the requirements regarding the appointment, training, vehicle appearance, identification, signage, and communications for Certified Superload Escorts (CSE).
Effective July 1, 2018 persons wishing to become certified to direct traffic for movement of superloads will be required to successfully complete an MTO-approved training course before being eligible for appointment. There are now training organizations approved to deliver the Certified Superload Escort Program. A small number of Certified Superload Escorts have completed the training but there is a need to have all potential Superload Escorts trained and certified by the end of the year.
Consequently, effective January 1, 2019 the Ontario Provincial Police will cease to provide paid duty escorts to assist in the movement of Oversize/Overweight Superloads.
Please contact the Business Innovation Team at BIT@ontario.ca for questions on the Certified Superload Escort Program.
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