Ontario Workplace Naloxone Program
Starting June 1, 2023, the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) will require employers to provide and maintain naloxone kits in the workplace if the employer becomes aware, or ought reasonably to be aware, that there may be a risk of a worker opioid overdose at a workplace where that worker performs work for the employer.
Those employers must also ensure that, at any time there are workers in the workplace, the naloxone kit is in the charge of a worker who:
- works in the vicinity of the kit, and
- has received training to recognize an opioid overdose, to administer naloxone and to acquaint the worker with any hazards related to the administration of naloxone.
About the Program
For a limited time, Ontario’s Workplace Naloxone Program will provide initial support to employers who are required to comply with the naloxone requirements in the OHSA by providing free naloxone training for up to two workers per workplace and/or one free nasal spray naloxone kit per workplace.
St. John Ambulance is a proud program provider for the Ontario Workplace Naloxone Program. Our role is to support employers that are required under the OHSA to provide a naloxone kit in their workplace by offering free workplace naloxone training for up to two workers and/or one free nasal spray naloxone kit.
Each employer who is required to comply with the OHSA requirements (an “Eligible Employer”) may register for a maximum of:
- free training for two workers per workplace where compliance will be required (an “Eligible Workplace”)
- one free order of a nasal spray naloxone kit per Eligible Workplace.
Multiple workplace locations
If you have multiple Eligible Workplaces that meet the OHSA requirements for naloxone, you are eligible to register additional workers for training and/or order kits for each Eligible Workplace location.
Multiple registrations/orders for the same workplace location will not be funded through Ontario’s Workplace Naloxone Program.
Register for Training
Eligible Employers registering workers for training do not need to submit a separate request for kits. When registering for worker training (up to two workers per Eligible Workplace), you will be able to indicate if you require the naloxone kit for that workplace location.
Upon successful completion of the worker training by at least one of the registered workers, one free nasal spray naloxone kit will be automatically shipped to the registered Eligible Workplace. Eligible Employers are limited to a maximum of one kit per Eligible Workplace notwithstanding the number of workers who successfully complete training.
Eligible Employers will be required to attest at time of registration that they have not previously registered for or received free training and/or a free naloxone kit through Ontario’s Workplace Naloxone Program for the Eligible Workplace location requested.
Register for the free St. John Ambulance Ontario Workplace Naloxone Training program HERE.
French offerings of this training will be available starting February 2023. Please email OWNT@sja.ca to be placed on the waitlist for French training options.
If you have more than two (2) Employees at your workplace location interested in completing training, please email us at OWNT@sja.ca.
If you are ordering a kit only and do not require training, you will be required to submit an attestation confirming that the naloxone kit will be in the charge of a worker who works in the vicinity of the kit and has received the required training under the OHSA.
Eligible Employers will be required to attest in the registration that they have not previously registered for or received a free naloxone kit through Ontario’s Workplace Naloxone Program for the Eligible Workplace location requested.
Order a free nasal spray naloxone kit for your organization HERE.
If you would like to request more than one (1) nasal naloxone kit, please email us at OWNT@sja.ca for more information.
As part of program administration and evaluation of the provision of free naloxone training and/or free nasal spray naloxone kits to Eligible Employers through Ontario’s Workplace Naloxone Program, data related to business type, workplace size, and business postal code, as well as anonymized learner training evaluation results, will be collected and disclosed in aggregate to the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (the “Ministry”) and its third-party service providers. The Ministry or its auditors may also request the records of St. John Ambulance related to the Program for audit purposes, including, without limitation, requesting copies of the attestations provided by registrants.
By proceeding with registering for this naloxone training and/or nasal spray naloxone kit, you hereby consent to the collection, use and disclosure of such information, by and to the Ministry, its auditors and its third-party service providers for the purposes set out above.
Any questions about the collection, use, and disclosure of information for the Workplace Naloxone Program by the Ministry can be directed to the Training and Awareness Branch, Prevention Division, Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development by email at PreventionFeedback@ontario.ca or by phone at 1-877-202-0008.
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