A new, online Certification Training Registry is now available for all workers, employers and WorkplaceNL-approved training providers and trainers in Newfoundland and Labrador (Canada). Workers’ records for required safety training will be electronic instead of paper-based certificates.
Workers, employers and OH&S officers can access up-to-date certification training records through a smartphone or any web-enabled device. This allows them to better monitor expiry dates on required training, and ensure workplace compliance with OH&S legislation. A mobile app will be available early 2016.
“Workers and employers can receive alerts when training is about to expire, and then check the online marketplace to find a course from a WorkplaceNL-approved trainer near them,” said Leslie Galway, CEO. “This is a more robust system to help track and ensure that anyone working in some very high-risk areas receive the training needed to help save their lives, or their co-workers lives.”
The estimated 170,000 paper-based training certificates that are already issued are still valid until their stated expiry. Renewal or new training records going forward will be electronic and easily accessed in the new, online system.
The system stores the electronic training records for workers in all eight of the certification training standards authorized by WorkplaceNL: confined space entry, fall protection, OH&S Committee/WHSR/Ds, power line hazards, first aid, traffic control person, mine rescue and diving. First-aid records will be available in early 2016.
Certified training standards ensure safe and healthy workplaces. Since introducing Fall Protection training in 2012, the injury rate for fall from heights has dropped by 21 per cent. A positive change, but more work is needed as there are still 15 Newfoundlanders and Labradorians injured at work every day.
Workers and employers can access the CTR from WorkplaceNL’s website, www.workplacenl.ca.
Author Kori Shafer-Stack, Editor, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in post-injury response procedures and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com. Contact: email@example.com.
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