Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC)
- Overview of the JHSC
- Management Representatives
- Worker Representatives
- Related Topics
- Additional Resources
The Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA) requires every employer to establish and maintain a joint health and safety committee in the workplace, which is defined as "any land, premises, location or thing at, upon, in or near which a worker works".
The OHSA is the major vehicle by which workers participate in decisions affecting their health and safety. The OHSA prescribes the composition of these committees, the methods by which members are selected, and their rights and duties.
The committees are ADVISORY and have the following functions and powers:
identify situations which may be a source of danger or hazard to workers
make recommendations on establishment, maintenance and monitoring of programs, measures and procedures respecting health and safety of workers
make recommendations to improve the health and safety of workers,
investigate work refusals and serious accidents,
obtain information from the employer regarding potential or existing hazards, and
inspect the physical condition of the workplace
Management is obligated to establish joint committees, to support their operation, to provide time for workers to perform their committee functions, and to respond to recommendations of these committees.
In addition, management must ensure that at least two members of each committee one representing management and one representing the workers receives additional health and safety training and is "certified" in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Certification of Committee Members:
The committee is required to have at least one certified worker and one certified employer representative. However, we encourage everyone on the committee to become certified. Please contact IRM to find out what the process is to become certified.
Welcome to Ryerson's Joint Health & Safety Committee!
1. Review the Terms of Reference Document
2. Review the following Ministry of Labour Document:
3. Complete the following Quizzes:
4. Review the following Webinars
5. Review the following Resources
|1||RFA||Dr. Habiba Bougherara
|3||CUPE 233||Svilen Stoyanov||LIB-B-112A||
|4||CUPE 3904, Unit 1||TRS-2-107||
|5||CUPE 3904, Unit 2||Amir Kiumarsi||POD-156-B||5159|
|6||CUPE 3904, Unit 3||Muhammad Yousaf||KHE 211||
The JHSC meets every six weeks (excluding July and August).
If you would like to attend a meeting, please contact one of the co-chairs below:
Tom McDonald ext 2027 (Management co-chair)
Gerald Swartz ext 5159 (Worker co-chair)
|Minutes from JHSC Meetings|
|2017||Jan 25||Mar 08||April 19|
|2016||Jan 20||Mar 02||Apr 13||Oct 19|
|2015||Jan 14||Feb 11||Apr 8||Jun 10||Oct 14||Dec 9|
|2014||Mar 5||Apr 16||Jun 11||Oct 1||
|2013||Feb 6||Mar 20||May 1||Jun 12||Sep 11||Oct 23||Dec 4|
- Ministry of Labour
- Ministry of Environment
- Ontario Fire Marshall
- Worker's Safety & Insurance Board
- Ontario Fire Prevention and Protection Act
- Occupational Health and Safety Act
- Workplace Safety and Insurance Act
Regulations Falling Under the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA)
- Industrial Regulations
- Construction Regulations
- Critical Injury Defined
- Control of Exposure to Biological Agents
Specific References in the Occupational Health & Safety Act for the JHSC Member:
- Section 9: Joint Health & Safety Committee
- Section 11: Consultation on Industrial Hygiene Testing
- Section 45: Bilateral Work Stoppage
- Section 48: Entitlement to Investigate
Part VIII: Enforcement (OHS Act)
- Section 54: Powers of inspector
- Section 56: Warrants – investigative techniques, etc.
- Section 56.1: Power of inspector to seize
- Section: 58: Entry into barricaded area
- Section 62: Obstruction of inspector
- Section 64: Copies of reports
- Section 65: Immunity
Part IX: Offences and Penalties (OHS Act)