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This is the first edition of CSA Z1001, Occupational health and safety training.

This Standard addresses the needs of an organization to provide consistent quality occupational health and safety (OHS) training for workers, managers, and supervisors, as well as for health and safety committees and representatives. ANSI Z490-1, Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training, was used as the seed document for the preparation of this Standard, with permission of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

CSA Group acknowledges that the development of this Standard was made possible, in part, by the financial support of federal, provincial, and territorial OHS government agencies, with additional contribution from the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE).


1.1 Scope
This Standard specifies requirements for management and administration of OHS training, identification of OHS training needs, and outlines the development, implementation, and maintenance of an OHS training program and courses. It also specifies how to select training providers with the appropriate qualifications and the requirements for the design and delivery of OHS training courses. Informative Annexes provide guidance on how to implement the requirements of this Standard, including topics to be covered in training for health and safety representatives and committee members; managers and supervisors; and new workers. Samples of a training matrix, course evaluation form, and training assessment survey are also included that can be customized for the specific needs of the user.

1.2 Purpose
The purpose of this Standard is to provide guidance to organizations and training providers on accepted practices for OHS training.

1.3 Exclusions
This Standard is focused on formal training, which includes some form of formal evaluation in order to measure the learning achieved. Therefore, this Standard specifically excludes instructional activities delivered outside a formal training program that do not include formal evaluation of the learning through testing or other formalized methods. This exclusion covers instruction that can be delivered by a trained or untrained educator, as well as "toolbox talks", "tailgate talks", informal on-the-job training, or other forms of delivery that do not include a formal evaluation of the learning through testing or other evaluation methods.

This Standard does not specify a training delivery method. The principles and requirements specified in this Standard apply to any type of training service or product (e.g., theoretical, practical, class-room, inthe- field, on-the-job, on-line, etc.).


1) Training is defined in Clause 3 of this Standard and requirements are specified in Clauses 4 to 7.

2) See Clause 6.4.3 for an explanation about the activities excluded.

1.4 Application
This Standard is applicable to organizations of any size or type that have workers and to organizations and individuals who design, develop, and/or deliver OHS training products and/or services.

1.5 Relationship to legal requirements
At the time of publication of this Standard, legal requirements respecting OHS training differed from jurisdiction to jurisdiction in Canada. It is the user's responsibility to determine how applicable legislative requirements relate to this Standard.

1.6 Terminology
In this Standard, "shall" is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the standard; "should" is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; "may" is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the standard; and "can" is used to express possibility or capability.

Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate from the text explanatory or informative material.

Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements.

Annexes are designated normative (mandatory) or informative (non-mandatory) to define their application.