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General OHSA Training Questions


What is OHSA?

OHSA stands for Ontario Health and Safety Awareness.

According to the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) there are three components to Health and Safety Awareness:

  • An overview of the legislative rights, duties and responsibilities of safety in the workplace;
  • An understanding of an internal responsibility system, functions and duties; and
  • Basic understanding of hazard recognition, and controls.


Do I need an OHSA Course?

As of July 1, 2014 all workers and supervisors in Ontario require training in health and safety awareness.

General training (such as this course) will cover the regulatory requirements.

Additionally all training should include some hands-on or 'site-specific' training covering the location of information in the workplace, a review of the emergency procedures and safety equipment to be possibly used.



Who is responsible for OHSA training and OHSA education?

Regardless of the source of training or how it is provided to workers, the employer has the duty to ensure it is adequate to protect the health and safety of the workers.

It is up to the employer, in consultation with the Joint Health and Safety Committee or health and safety representative, if any, to determine the level and type of training provided.

YOW Canada's Online Health and Safety Awareness training is one method of training.

Additional 'hands-on' training on specific equipment and procedures to be used will be required.



How often do I need OHSA Training?

This is a one time course for workers and supervisors which is transferable from employer to employer.

Click here to see Ontario Regulation 297/13



How can we comply with the training Regulations?

Workers need Health and Safety Awareness training that:

  1. Identifies the rights and responsibilities of workers under the OHSA;
  2. Specifies roles of workplace parties, health and safety representatives, and joint health and safety committees;
  3. Explains the roles of the Ministry of Labour, Workplace Safety Insurance Board, and Health and Safety partners;
  4. Identifies the rights to be informed of hazards;
  5. Identifies the employer's obligation to provide information to workers about controlled products.


If I change employers/jobs, do I have to retrain?

The onus is on the employer to ensure that his or her staff is properly trained for the job. Because you can never be too sure of previous training, it's recommended that new employees take an OHSA course, including site-specific training.



Can I take this course as an individual?

Absolutely! If you are taking this course as an individual, simply enter your name in the area for "Company Name".



Can I take one of YOW's OHSA courses and then train my own workers in OHSA.

YOW Canada's OHSA course is not intended or designed for trainers and we do not recommend that it be used to train a trainer. In order to reap the full benefits of this course we recommend that each trainee complete an OHSA course themselves. This also ensures that each employee receives an OHSA certificate.



Who signs my certificate?

The “employer” signature should be signed by the direct supervisor of the employee. The “employee” signature should be signed by the actual trainee. If you are self-employed you must sign as both the “employee” and the “employer”.



Does YOW Canada's Online OHSA course meet the provincial requirements?

Yes, the Ontario Health and Safety Awareness training course was designed to meet all of the provincial training requirements.



OHSA Online Training:


How does the OHSA online course work?

YOW Canada's OHSA online course works in a 3 step process:

Step 1 - Register:

Once the courses have been purchased all trainees must be registered for the course. Registration is done online through the Training Administration page. You can also contact YOW Canada by phone at 1-866-688-2845, email or by fax to have us register your trainees. Once registered, login and password information is emailed to the administrator. 

Step 2 - Take the Course:

Trainees can log in at any time to start their training and can log in and out as many times as necessary to complete their training. The course is about 1.25 hours in length. It includes audio, video, animation and interactive exercises. It makes training fun and educational!

Step 3 - Print your Certificate:

Once completed, the wallet and wall-mount certificates are emailed to the administrator. The certificates are printable and accompanied by a Performance Record that displays how the trainee performed throughout the course (scores for each chapter etc.).



Is the course available in French?

Yes, our OHSA online course is available in French. Once a trainee logs into the course, he will choose which language he wants to take the training in.

Learn more about our OHSA in French Online Course (SSSO) .



How long does it take to complete the online course?

The average trainee can complete this OHSA online course in about 1.25 hour(s).



Can I log into the course more than once?

Yes, you can log in and out of the course as many times as necessary in order to complete your training. When you log back into the course, you will be brought back to your last visited page. You have up to 1 year to complete your course.



Do I have to complete the course in one session?

No, you may log in and out as many times as necessary to complete your course. Your work will be saved.



What will I receive when I have completed my training?

Once you complete the course, a pdf document will be available for you to download and print. This document is also emailed to the Training Administrator. This document will include your Performance Record and certificate. The certificate includes your name, your employer's name and the date you certified.



How will I receive my training certificate?

The certificate will be automatically available for printing once you complete the course. It will also be emailed to the Training Administrator. If you are self-employed, the certificate is sent to your email address directly.



I am the training administrator. How can I monitor my trainee's progress?

As an administrator, you have access to the Course Administration site where you can monitor and track each trainee's progress. You can see quiz scores, view certificates, activate accounts and more.

You will receive a copy of all training certificates by email as soon as the employee has completed the course.

You can also be able to re-register any employee's who's certificates have expired.



Why should I choose online training versus classroom training?

Online training with YOW Canada is fast, easy and effective. Some of the benefits of online training include:

  • Training is available 24/7, on any computer with an internet connection.
  • Trainees can log in and out to complete their training at their convenience anytime from anywhere, so scheduling is never a problem.
  • Complete tracking capabilities through a Training Administration site allow employers to manage the training.
  • Training certificates are emailed to the Training Administrator instantly upon completion of the course - no waiting.
  • Dynamic video, illustrations, photos, audio and text help to meet the needs of different types of learners.


I have dial-up internet. Can I still take the course?

Yes. The course is available for dial-up users. Please be aware, however, that it may take more time to download. If you'd like to see a demo to test the speed, please click here to view a demo of this course. to view a demo of this course.



What are the technical requirements for taking this online course?

  • A computer with an internet Connection.
    A High-speed internet connection is recommended.
  • A Web browser that supports the Flash Web Player. (Such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari).
    You should be using the latest version of your chosen web browser.
  • Adobe Flash Player.
    Please download the latest Flash Player version here.


How do I Purchase a course?

Purchases can be done online, by phone at 1-866-688-2845 or by fax.

You may pre-purchase courses to be used at a later date. There are no expiry dates for pre-purchased courses.



What other courses does YOW Canada offer?

Please visit our product menu for all of our course offerings.



Questions About YOW Canada


What does the "YOW" in YOW Canada stand for?

YOW Canada's offices are located in Ottawa, Ontario and Y-O-W are the international call letters for the Ottawa Airport. Plus, we think it's a catchy name that's easy to remember.

For more information about our company please visit the Contact Us page.





Back To OHSA Course Outline


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Provincial Regulation Contacts

Course Outline:

  • Introduction & Legislation (OHSA):
    • An introduction to the Act (OHSA)
    • The rights and responsibilities of all Ontario employers, supervisors and workers
    • Additional information for Supervisors (Supervisor Version)
    • The various Government Agencies and their roles
  • The Internal Responsibility System (IRS):
    • The IRS defined
    • Roles and responsibilities for all involved
    • Safety Representatives and Joint Health and Safety Committees
    • Workplace inspections and corrective actions
    • Role of the MOL
  • Identifying Hazards, Controls & WHMIS overview:
    • Hazard types defined and how to identify them
    • Methods to control or eliminate hazards
    • An overview of WHMIS
  • First Aid, Other topics covered under OHSA and Conclusion/Review:
    • First Aid requirements in Ontario workplaces
    • Other topics and requirements covered under OHSA
    • Conclusion and Review of topics covered in this course
  • Interactive exercises, tests & certificate

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YOW Canada’s online training courses can be done from any computer with an internet connection.


Pre-purchased courses do NOT expire and trainees can log in and out as many times as they need.


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