Workers Health & Safety Centre

WHSC adds mandatory JHSC Certification training courses to meet demand

Register today for Basic Certification Training as an essential first step to meeting new mandatory requirements for joint health and safety committee (JHSC) member certification.
To aid workplace compliance, several Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC), Ministry of Labour (MOL)-approved, Basic Certification courses have been added to this spring’s training schedule. These programs are running in communities across Ontario and in one of two time slots: May 2-5 or June 6-9.
Among other things, this program gives participants a full understanding of occupational health and safety legislation, including rights and responsibilities of workplace parties and certified representatives in particular. To learn more check out our complete online registration listing.
In addition to Basic Certification Training, WHSC has also scheduled a range of MOL-approved sector-based Certification Part II programs in communities across Ontario in the coming months. Each is designed to help JHSCs address the most significant hazards in their respective sectors. The following are a few examples:

Certification Part II

Education May 9-12, 2017
Health Care & Social Services May 10-12, 2017
Manufacturing & Fabricating May 15-19, 2017
Construction June 5-9, 2017
Office & Professional June 14-16, 2017

Certification training requirements

Little over a year ago, the MOL changed the certification requirement establishing revised minimum criteria for both mandatory Basic Certification Training (Part I) and Workplace-Specific Certification Training (Part II), including learning outcomes that must be achieved to gain approval.  
Further still, Part I and Part II training must now be completed within six months of each other to achieve certification status. Also new to the certification process is the need to complete approved Certification Refresher Training every three years to maintain certified member status.
As the province’s designated training centre, WHSC was one of the first organizations to gain MOL-approval under the new standards.
What hasn’t changed though is Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (the Act) requirement for a joint health and safety committee to be established in almost every provincially-regulated workplace with 20 or more employees or a designated substance on site. Employers must also ensure at least two members of a JHSC, one representing workers and one representing the employer, become certified.
As Ontario’s legally designated training centre specializing in occupational health and safety, the WHSC offers programs to help workplaces comply with a host of obligations required by law. Our programs, however, have always been designed to go beyond just legal minimums and ensure real learning is achieved. With this, training participants will be better prepared to play a role in workplace prevention efforts.

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