Provincial employers in Ontario employing 20 or more regularly employed workers must have a Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) consisting of at least two certified members (including one management representative and one worker representative).Part 1 JHSC will yield 1 BCRSP maintenance point (Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals – www.bcrsp.ca).The philosophy behind the Act is known as the ‘internal responsibility system’ (I.R.S.) and although this phrasing is not mentioned in any legislation, the Ministry of Labour’s guide to the act makes it clear that the government expects cooperation at all levels. The I.R.S. is based on the principle that every individual in the workplace is responsible for health and safety. The driving force behind an effective health and safety management system includes a cooperative effort from all parties within the organization.JHSC training consists of two (2) parts. Completion of the JHSC Certification Part 1 (Basic Certification) training program is the first step in becoming a Certified Member of your Joint Health and Safety Committee. Part 2 is hazard specific training and you will require both parts to be a certified member. Part 2 will be available in the coming months. It consists of 4 main elements:
Health and safety law
Hazard identification and control
Every Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) must have at least two Certified members: one representing workers, and one from management. One worker and one management designated JHSC member must complete Part One and Part Two of the Training to maintain active Certification status.Who Should Take the Course?Health and Safety Committee Members (including both worker and management representatives), Supervisors, Health and Safety Managers Course Objectives Every effort will be made to ensure the objectives of the course will appeal to the most diverse audience possible. Where feasible the course will apply to numerous applications. Following the completion of this course, the trainee will be able to better understand the roles and responsibilities of workplace parties and the health and safety committee. Upon completion of this course the trainee should be able to:
Find and understand information within the Occupational Health and Safety Act
Plan, prepare for and execute effective workplace inspections and JHSC meetings
Identify hazardous conditions within the workplace
Report and make recommendations regarding identified hazards
Follow up on the effectiveness of completed recommendations and implemented controls
Prepare for and participate in effective incident investigations
Internal Responsibility System (I.R.S)
What is meant by the I.R.S.
How to achieve an effective I.R.S.
The benefits of a successful I.R.S.
The role of the Joint Health and Safety Committee within the I.R.S.
Health and Safety Law
History of the Occupational Health and Safety Act
The Green Book
Policies, Procedures, Programs
The Joint Health and Safety Committee
Role of the Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC)