Did you know? Paid Health and Safety training

New members who have just been hired by Brock to work in one (or more) of the jobs that are represented by our union, need to take a health and safety training and be paid for it!

The health and safety awareness training is mandatory by law (a regulation in the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act). The workers must be paid for the time spent in the training.

Brock has online modules and pays for 1 hour of Health and Safety Awareness training, 30 minutes for Workplace Violence training, and 1 hour of training about Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act [AODA]. This totals to 2.5 hours of pay for the training. You must notify your designated departmental administrative assistant that you have completed the training (there is a link for this step in the training module), in order to receive your compensation.

Important: A workers needs to be paid extra for the training. This means that the department must create a separate contract aside of the one you have signed for teaching. If the 2.5 hours of training are added to your Allocation of Hours form (your teaching contract), it poses a problem:

a) The AOH is to itemize time of tasks you that are required by the job. Two and a half hours allocated for mandatory training take away time from your already busy work schedule.

b) Even though you are supposed to be paid for this mandatory training, when it is hidden in your teaching contract time, are you really being paid for it?!

Here is a short slide-format information on the role of the labour union at our workplace. It includes information on our Health and Safety Committee and the mandatory health and safety training.