Workers’ participation in identifying and resolving workplace health and safety issues is critical especially during the current pandemic, but it’s also required by law.
Worker participation is often best exercised collectively and through worker representatives. The law provides for this too. Most Ontario workplaces require either a joint health and safety committee (JHSC) or a worker health and safety representative (HSR). Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act
also sets out extensive rights and duties for JHSCs (s9) and HSRs (s8) including conducting inspections, being informed of any testing, receiving copies of health and safety reports including reports of occupational illness such as COVID-19, being present at any work refusal and accompanying MOL during inspections to name just a few.
Research also supports worker involvement finding greater worker participation
in occupational health and safety is associated with better outcomes and fewer injuries. A study of Ontario workplace representatives found those who fulfilled their legal duties but also spent time building knowledge and relationships were more effective in their health and safety work
Helping these workplace representatives understand and more effectively use their rights and duties in preventing COVID-19 outbreaks is the subject of the next free webinar in the WHSC Confronting COVID-19
series. Before then be sure to check out WHSCs new tool
created to support workplace inspections of COVID-19 hazards and workplace control measures.
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Confronting COVID-19: Stopping COVID-19 outbreaks: what JHSCs can do
Thursday, June 25, 11:00 am to 11:30 am
Webinar participants are encouraged to pose questions and concerns. Webinar space is limited
and offered to Ontario residents only.
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are made available during these unprecedented and challenging times
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As Ontario’s only designated health and safety training centre
, Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) supports workers, their representatives, supervisors, contractors and employers in every work sector with comprehensive training programs
and information services
. In all we do, we put workers first. After all, it is their lives and livelihoods that are affected most when workplace hazards, including the COVID-19 virus go uncontrolled.
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