The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires that at least two members of the committee (one representing the workers and one representing the management team) be certified.
In order to be certified, learners must complete the Joint Health and Safety Committee certification training Parts 1 and 2. Part 2 must be completed within six months of completion of Part 1.
Upon the successful completion of the Joint Health and Safety Committee certification training, learners will have the knowledge and skills needed to fulfill the legislated duties of a JHSC certified member and to support the workplace parties in understanding their roles as part of the Internal Responsibility System in preventing occupational injuries and illnesses.
Upon completion of the JHSC certification training Part One, participants will be able to:
- Describe the certification process and explain the role of the Joint Health and Safety Committee certified member.
- Describe the importance of occupational health and safety and outline the roles of each of the workplace parties.
- Identify occupational health and safety legislation, demonstrate how to access information from it, and explain the basic rights, responsibilities, and training requirements.
- Describe the purpose, legal requirements for, and rights, duties, and function of JHSCs and describe how a functioning JHSC works.
- Describe the categories of hazards and the basic process of recognizing, assessing, and controlling hazards, and evaluating the hazard control
- Practice hazard recognition, assessment, and control, and evaluation of the hazard controls.
- State the requirements for, and describe the processes for, reporting and investigating fatalities, critical injuries, work refusals, and complaints of dangerous circumstances.
- Review and understand the legislative requirements for access to occupational health and safety information and demonstrate how to access typical sources of OH&S information.
Upon completion of the JHSC certification training Part Two, participants will be able to:
- Review key concepts of JHSC Part One Training
- Review the provincial hazard priorities
- Apply the RACE principles to each of the workplace hazard(s) selected for the training program, which will include the following items for each hazard that is being reviewed:
- Description of the hazard and how it may cause injury or illness.
- Information on relevant legislations, standards and guidelines for the hazard.
- Hazard recognition and assessment.
- Hazard control and evaluation of the control(s).
- Practice one or more Hazard Management Tools.
- Create a draft action plan and recommendations for the employer on at least one hazard reviewed in the training session.
A Joint Health and Safety Committee is an advisory body that supports the implementation of occupational health and safety programs in organizations and also helps to increase awareness of health and safety among workers.
The JHSC primary role is to identify workplace health and safety problems and bring them to the attention of the employer.
A Joint Health and Safety Committee is composed of worker and employee representatives. Joint Health and Safety Committees are a key element of a well-functioning workplace Internal Responsibility System.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND the Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Training?
- Safety Professionals
- Joint Health & Safety Committee members
Certification of Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) members is required under section 9 of the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
The table below indicates workplaces that require committees:
|NO. OF WORKERS
|1 to 5
||You are not required to have a JHSC or a health and safety representative unless a designated substance regulation applies to your workplace.
|6 to 19
||You are required to have one health and safety representative who is selected by the workers they represent. If a designated substance regulation applies to your workplace, you are required to have a JHSC.
|20 to 49
||You are required to have a JHSC. The committee must have at least two (2) members.
||You are required to have a JHSC. The committee must have at least four (4) members.
Construction projects expected to last three months or longer with 20 or more workers also have to establish a JHSC.
As of March 1, 2016, JHSC members who have completed only Part 1 training under the 1996 Standard will have to complete Part 2 training under the new Standards in order to be certified, and will be required to take Refresher training to maintain their certification.
Any members who have not submitted records for training completed under the 1996 standards must now complete training under the new standards in order to be fully certified.
Those granted Certification status under the old standards will not require re-certification. Their Certification status does not expire and they are considered certified for life. In addition, their certification is portable between workplaces or sectors.
Those granted Certification status under the new standards will require refresher training every 3 years to maintain their status.
For more information on the JHSC requirements you can contact EHS Zone at any time. You can also review the MOL website or read through the MOL guide for Joint Health and Safety Committees and Health and Safety Representatives in the Workplace.