While it’s fairly common knowledge that any company with more than 20 regular employees is required by law to have Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) in place and performing their duties, but what some do not understand is the fact that a JHSC can have non certified members sit alongside their certified members.

A company with 20-49 regular workers requires 1 management and 1 worker rep, both of who must be certified. A company with 50+ regular workers must have 2 management and 2 worker reps on the committee, half must be certified.

The JHSC plays a very important role in keeping the workplace safe for its workers, and as such most committees will have more than just the minimum requirements of 2 or 4 members.

The full JHSC Certification is done in two parts, Part 1 Basic and Past 2 Workplace Specific. For a member to become a fully certified, it will take 5 days in total.

One option to have more members on the committee is to have non certified members sit on the committee beside the certified members. Non certified members of a committee provide the much needed support to the certified members.

While there is no legislated training requirement for non certified members of a JHSC, it’s considered best practice if the non certified members complete some sort of training so they are familiar with;

  • The Occupational Health & Safety Act (OH&S Act)
  • Internal  Responsibility System (IRS)
  • Responsibilities of a JHSC
  • Workplace inspections
  • Hazard assessment
  • Accident/Incident investigation
  • and much much more

One of the best options to train all non certified members is to have them complete a 1 day Health & Safety Representative (H&S Rep) training. This course is basically the three days of the JHSC Part 1 course that is compressed into 1 full day learning.

While time and monetary constraints on a company may prevent them from having additional certified members on their committee, you as a company are showing your due diligence by having non certified members formerly trained to ensure that your committee runs smoothly.

After non certified members complete the H&S Rep course they will have the knowledge and confidence to be a supportive, contributing member of any committee, which will only enhance your workplace safety.

The Health & Safety Representative training includes:

  • Objectives and introduction
  • Internal Responsibility System
  • Full review of the legislated requirements under the Occupational Health & Safety Act of each workplace party (workers, supervisors, employers)
  • Concept of Due Diligence
  • Powers & function of JHSC under S.9 OH&S Act
  • Recognizing, Assessing, Controlling and Evaluating Hazards
  • Workplace Inspections
  • Incident / Accident Investigations
  • Making your JHSC run smoothly
  • Guide to effective JHSC meetings (agenda, minutes, process)
  • Work Refusal Process (Worker, Bilateral, Unilateral)
  • Rights and responsibilities of all workplaces parties for health & safety
  • Report Writing / Written Recommendations
  • Where to get more help
  • MOL, WSIB reporting requirements
  • Functions of MOL, MOL Inspectors, WSIB, OLRB
  • Criminal Negligence

The goal and commitment for this course is to supply participants with the tools and information to become effective Health & Safety Representatives and JHSC members in their workplaces.

To register for the H&S Rep course please click here or contact our office.