WorkSafeNB has learned that firms are making misleading and sometimes aggressive sales calls to New Brunswick employers suggesting that their “employees must be trained immediately” because of the new legislation on workplace violence and harassment, as well as on WHMIS. The representatives also state that an employer may be “shut down” if they do not incorporate this training.
These organizations are not working on behalf of WorkSafeNB.
If you are contacted by an agency or person offering to provide training, you should know that you have options available and you should explore those options to ensure that you find the best and most cost-effective training for your workplace.
An amendment to General Regulation 91-191 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, addressing workplace violence and harassment came into effect April 1, 2019. The changes protect New Brunswick’s workers from a wider range of hazards and require all provincial workplaces to develop a code of practice to prevent workplace harassment. WorkSafeNB has developed a number of resources to help employers understand the legislation and their obligations.
Changes to the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System regulation have been effect since June 2014. WorkSafeNB reminds employers that while WHMIS training must meet the minimum requirements of the regulation and be specific to the individual workplace, it may be provided by any qualified person or agency, which could include someone internal to your organization.
Employers can file a complaint on the tactics of a company soliciting products and training services by contacting the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1 888 495-8501.