EHS002 – Basic Health and Safety Awareness Training

April 25, 2016

Did you know that all workers and supervisors in Ontario are required by law to take basic health and safety awareness training? The government regulation took effect on July 1, 2014. The University of Toronto is required to ensure that all workers* and supervisors* at the University have taken the required training, and to retain training records. This Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation (O. Reg. 279/13) applies to all employees including senior management, academic administrators, faculty members, managers, supervisors, staff-appointed and casual employees.


EHS002 – Basic Health and Safety Awareness Training

To meet this requirement, the University is offering: EHS002 Basic Health and Safety Awareness Training which is completed through Quercus. Please note that you are required to enter your UTORid in order to access this training. Please visit the My EHS Training website for instructions on how to access all online courses.

If you have questions about Basic Health and Safety Awareness Training or if you are interested in further training and/or would like to confirm whether you require further training given the work you do at the University, please feel free to contact our office or visit the Training Matrices (Lab Personnel or Admin & Facilities Staff) for training requirements.


The term “worker” is defined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act as a person who performs work or supplies services for monetary compensation. At the University this would include faculty members, appointed staff members, casual employees, and students employed by the University, for example as teaching assistants. The term “supervisor” is defined as a person who has charge of a workplace or authority over a worker, which at the University includes lead hands, supervisors, managers, academic administrators, senior management, and faculty members who supervise any category of worker.  The regulation also applies to individuals who provide services at the University pursuant to service contracts, but they will be addressed separately.