Lack of training is one of the most common reasons why workers are injured or killed on the job. Employers can be prosecuted for failing to provide training to their workers.
Training involves giving information and explanation to a worker with respect to a particular subject-matter and requiring a practical demonstration that the worker has acquired the knowledge and skill related to the subject matter.
Under The Saskatchewan Employment Act (the Act), there are also additional training requirements for employers to provide training that is specific to each of the following:
- A harassment prevention policy.
- A policy statement on violence and prevention plan for all workplaces that comes into force on May 17, 2024.
When a worker shows that they have learned the information required to do a task and can demonstrate they have acquired the skills to do the task, they are considered trained under the Act. Employers must always retain copies of training certificates in the event of an injury or fatality at their workplaces.
If there is an incident (e.g., an accident or dangerous occurrence) at a workplace, an occupational health officer will be required to investigate. One of the first questions that the officer will ask is if the worker was trained. They will also ask for documentation showing that the employer did, in fact, supply training to the worker.
WorkSafe Saskatchewan hosts a series of occupational health and safety classroom and online training sessions. To see what courses are available and to register, please visit WorkSafe Saskatchewan.
Notice: The Occupational Health and Safety Branch at the Saskatchewan Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety does not recognize, certify or endorse any third-party training beyond the qualified instructor and approved training agency status processes in place for OHS training. Additionally, the Occupational Health and Safety Branch does not prescribe specific courses be provided by any particular firm. OHS training is provided through WorkSafe Saskatchewan. Training you take and pay for with any external third party will be done at your own risk. Doing research and performing reference checks for any training you require is recommended.