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24 and 8h occupational safety training – for whom?

A new season of training is about to begin. As in the field of occupational safety there are also trainings necessary for the employer, I will write about training. The goal is to pick the right one that is reasonable for you.

The training regulation establishes the need for occupational health and safety related training. 

I will talk a bit more about that.

Working environment specialist

The Occupational Health and Safety Act says that every enterprise with at least one employee with a contract of employment has to have an appointed working environment specialist. A working environment specialist is a person who oversees occupational safety in an enterprise. If that person hasn’t been trained in occupational safety or acquired an education in that field, he or she has to go through 24 hours of training.

A supplementary training of 8 hours is mandatory every five years. The content of supplementary training is determined by the employer depending on what knowledge needs to be obtained.

Working environment representative

In an enterprise with 10 or more employees a representative – a working environment representative – has to be elected by the employees. The same is true if a section of an enterprise should have over 10 employees. The representative has to go through 24 hours of training within two months of his election.

The representative has no immediate obligation to undergo supplementary training. It is only necessary when:

1) There have been significant changes in the working environment
2) Technology or work equipment is being changed or renewed
3) The acts regulating occupational health and safety have been changed significantly
4) A labour inspector deems it necessary
5) Either the working environment representative or the working environment council deem it necessary

Member of the working environment council

In an enterprise with 50 or more employees a working environment council has to be formed. In the council there has to be at least two representatives chosen by the employees and two by the employer. The council may also include the already trained working environment specialist and representative(s). The members of the working environment council must receive 24 hours of training within two months of their election and appointment.

A member of the council has no immediate obligation to undergo supplementary training during his term. Supplementary training is given if:

1) There have been significant changes in the working environment
2) Technology or work equipment is being changed or renewed
3) The acts regulating occupational health and safety have been changed significantly
4) A labour inspector deems it necessary
5) Either the working environment representative or the working environment council deem it necessary