Joint health and safety committees (JHSC) play a vital role in evaluating hazards that may cause workplace injuries, illness or death and recommending solutions to address them.
Most Ontario workplaces employing 20 or more workers OR using a designated substance must have a working JHSC. The law, experience and research recognize the need for properly trained JHSC members. After all their powers under the law are considerable and worker health and safety is no small matter.
What JHSCs do, the law and compliance
By law members of JHSCs must participate in workplace health and safety inspections and investigations among other duties. Once trained they can provide invaluable advice in the development and implementation of workplace policies and programs to protect workers’ health and safety.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act
requires at least two members of a JHSC – one worker and one management – complete Part 1 and 2 of a Certification training program approved by the Ministry of Labour’s Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) in order to become certified. To remain certified, they must successfully complete Certification Refresher training every three years. Many workplaces elect to train their entire committee to build the in-house capability and human resource capacity
they need to help identify and control all hazards.
JHSC Certification Training - Online or In-person
As Ontario’s designated Certification Part 1, Part 2 and Refresher trainer with more than 35 years of occupational health and safety training, Workers Health & Safety Centre is CPO-approved. In fact, we meet and exceed legal requirements
About our programs
WHSC Certification Part 1 training
is scheduled in online instructor-led virtual classrooms or instructor-led in-person classrooms. Delivered over a three-day period, this program gives participants a complete understanding of occupational health and safety legislation, including rights and responsibilities of workplace parties and certified representatives on JHSCs. This will include a full discussion about the Internal Responsibility System (IRS) and the purpose and requirements of workplace health and safety policies and programs. Equally important, participants learn how to identify, assess and control, or better yet eliminate, workplace hazards.
Part 2 of the certification process
must be completed within one year of Part 1 and must include training in a minimum of six hazards relevant to the participants’ workplace. WHSC offers a complete catalogue of hazard training modules
for a customized onsite approach. To get into compliance quickly, many register for our ‘general’ program covering the six most common hazards in workplaces. Scheduled in virtual and in-person classrooms as well, this training is delivered over two days.
Our one-day Certification Refresher program
is offered in scheduled virtual classrooms. Should you want to bring any of our Certification training programs to your workplace either in virtual or in-person classrooms be sure to contact a WHSC Training Services Representative nearest you.
Need more information?
Additional resource: Certification Training: The Process
Additional training: Check out all WHSC programs
Contact a WHSC training services representative in your area.
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