Have you taken your Occupational Health and Safety training?

Are you an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) worker representative for your workplace? 

If the answer is “yes”, your employer is required by law to pay for at least eight hours of annual OHS education for you (Workers Compensation Act). If you are unable to take the training yourself, you have the right to assign your eight-hour annual allotment to another worker representative. 

Your collective agreement may entitle you to even more time for health and safety education. By taking your annual training, you will increase your knowledge and skills and represent your members more effectively at your workplace. You will learn how to prevent injury and illness, what your health and safety rights are, and what your employer is required by law to provide for workers.

BCGEU offers OHS courses for non-government workers - those that fall under Labour Code agreements. Labour Code courses include:

  • 1 Day OHS (basic) Training                                                 
  • Ergonomics                                                                            
  • Prevention of Violence                                                        
  • Incident Investigations                                                        

We also offer OHS courses for direct government workers that fall under the Public Service Agreement. Direct Government courses include:

  • 2 Day OHS (basic) training
  • Ergonomic Assessor
  • Prevention of Violence
  • Incident Investigations

Click here to see the 2016 schedule of courses.

To register for labour code (non-government) courses, call your area office. 

To register for direct government courses:

  • Go to My Learning by clicking here: 
  • Once in My Learning, in the “SEARCH THE CATALOG” field type “Occupational Health and Safety” then click on “SEARCH ACTIVITIES” 
  • Details specific to the range of OHS courses can be found on the pages – click enroll to register

There’s also a video available via https://hr.gov.bc.ca/learning/SitePages/Home.aspx

Call the OHS department at 1-800-663-1674 or 604-291-9611 if you have any questions. You can also contact us at ohs@bcgeu.ca