Training Day

Training Day

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As summer looms in the not too distant future, the thought of acquiring a summer job begins to creep into your conscience. While you've come to the obvious conclusion that any sort of allowance is pretty much a dead issue with your parents, the prospects of a summer job and the funds generated will more than cover your summer fun with friends. As you begin to skim through the classifieds you become aware of certain training requirements for part-time work. As government and industries look for ways to keep employees safe, more and more standardized training is becoming the norm.

In Canada certification and training programs are becoming mandatory for employers to provide and employees to take. These training sessions aren't specific to one particular industry but vary by degree and company cooperation. Everything from hazardous materials to food preparation to the sale of alcohol is being standardized both provincially and federally. Some of the more popular training programs include WHMIS, Serving-it-Right, FOODSAFE, CPR and First Aid and SQUiRREL.

WHMIS
The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), as defined by Health Canada, is Canada's hazard communication standard and is designed to, "give the workers knowledge and information which they can understand and apply to protect their health and safety every day".

There are two elements to the WHMIS program. The first part of the program educates employees about labels, material safety data sheets (MSDS) and other identifiers. Upon completion of the program employees will be able to identify and understand why products marked corrosive are so, understand the colour codes, numbers and abbreviations of any hazardous materials. The second part of the program trains employees about proper storage, handling, use and disposal of these hazardous materials and what to do in emergency situations.

Employers generally provide this program to current employees. Specific WHMIS training and education can vary by jurisdiction and can also vary from company to company, depending on the materials being handled. For more information check out http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hecs-sesc/whmis/

Serving-it-Right
The hospitality industry has numerous programs and training sessions that are encouraged and sometimes required by both employer and provincial government. The Serving-it-Right program, in British Columbia was developed by the hospitality industry to, "encourage, caring and professional approach by Licensees and Serves to the serving of alcohol". Because alcohol regulations vary by province, each program is called something different. For example, the program in Ontario is called SmartServe while Manitoba and Alberta call their program Server Intervention Program.

Both industry and government believed that a standard program of common information to serve as a basis for each employee entering the industry was the best way to improve the way alcohol was served. The program covers topics from: the law and how it relates to alcohol; facts about alcohol and its effects on the body; problems associated with excess alcohol consumption; how to recognize and deal with intoxicated persons and the operating and enforcement policies of the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch. While there is no specifics on who pays for this program, some
 

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