Health and Safety Training Module

Learning objective: To be able to identify the roles and responsibilities of workers, representatives and employers within a Joint Health and Safety Committee.

Health and Safety Training Module

Objective

Upon completion of this training module, you will be able to identify the roles and responsibilities of workers, representatives and employers within a Joint Health and Safety Committee.

What is a Joint Health and Safety Committee?

A joint health and safety committee is composed of worker and employer representatives that share a common interest in improving health and safety conditions within the workplace.

Which workplaces must have joint health and safety committees?

Number of Workers Legislative Requirement
1 to 5
  • Not required to have a JHSC or representative unless designated substance regulation applies. 
6 to 19
  • Required to have one health and safety representative selected by the workers they represent.
  • If designated substance regulation applies, you are required to have a JHSC.
20 to 49
  • You are required to have a JHSC.
  • Minimum of two members.
50 +
  • You are required to have a JHSC.
  • Minimum of four members.

** Designated substance regulation refers to hazardous substances that poses a danger to the health and safety of workers. 

Representative Roles

  • Help raise awareness of health and safety issues in the workplace.
  • Recognize and identify workplace risks.
  • Develop written recommendations for the employer on how to address these risks.
  • Meetings and workplace inspections are performed regularly to ensure safety.

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Employer Responsibilities

  • Establishing a joint health and safety committee if required.
  • Select committee members suitable for the job and provide proper training.
  • Providing the committee with information, policies and standards relating to hazards in the workplace.
  • Informing committee members of any workplace incidents such as injury, death or work related illnesses according to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Worker Responsibilities

  • Inform committee members, supervisors and employers of any work related injuries, illnesses or deaths.
  • Comply with Occupational Health and Safety regulations.
  • As an employee, be aware of your rights:
    • Right to participate in the process of identifying and resolving concerns.
    • Right to know of any potential hazards.
    • Right to refuse work if you believe it poses a danger to you or other workers.

Test your understanding

What is a joint health and safety committee?

  • Composed of a group of friends in order to improve workplace conditions.
  • Different workplaces join together to collaborate on solutions to issues.
  • Composed of worker and employer representatives elected to improve health and safety within the workplace.

Match the legislative requirement to the correct number of workers in a workplace.

  • 1 to 5
    Not required to have a JHSC or representative unless designated substance regulation applies.
  • 6 to 19
    Required to have one health and safety representative selected by the workers they represent.
  • 20 to 49
    Required to have a JHSC with a minimum of two members.
  • 50 +
    Required to have a JHSC with a minimum of four members.

One responsibility of a committee representative is to perform regular meetings and inspections to ensure worker safety.

  • True
  • False

Workers have the right to:

  in the process of identifying and resolving concerns.

 of any potential hazards.

 work if it poses a danger to you or other workers.

It is important to let other coworkers, employers and representatives know about any workplace hazards.

  • True
  • False

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