FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2020
St. John’s, NL – WorkplaceNL is extending the validity of certification safety training certificates as training courses may not be available during the COVID-19 pandemic. A worker’s safety training certificate that expired on or after February 28, 2020 will remain valid until June 30, 2020. The worker will then have to recertify by August 30, 2020.
Certificates for which extensions are granted are:
- Confined space entry
- Fall protection
- Mine rescue
- Power line hazards
- Traffic control person
- Occupational Health and Safety Committee Member/Representative/Designate
- Musculoskeletal injury prevention
- Supervisor safety
Employers and supervisors are required to continuously assess the competency of workers to ensure they work safely. If a worker’s competency is not satisfactory, employers and supervisors should take reasonable actions to mitigate the risk of unsafe work.
WorkplaceNL will provide another update if there are further changes. For more information, please contact OHS.Training@workplacenl.ca.
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WorkplaceNL’s Certification Training Standards
Serving approximately 13,000 injured workers and 18,500 employers, WorkplaceNL administers an employer-funded, no-fault insurance system that promotes safe and healthy workplaces, provides return-to-work programs and offers compensation to injured workers and their dependents.
Carla Riggs, Director of Communications
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