What to Expect: Training for Joint Health and Safety Committees, Part 1

Signed up for Joint Health and Safety Training in Ontario? Certification involves completing a two-part course with approved training providers. Here’s what you can expect to learn in your training for joint health and safety committees – part 1.

What is an Approved Training Provider?

The Ontario Ministry of Labour only approves certain training providers as being qualified to deliver JHSC training. In addition to various private training providers, many employees go to the Public Services Health and Safety Association or PSHSA for health and safety committee training.

You will find a full list of approved training providers here.

What to Expect in Training

Below is a summary of the competencies covered in training for joint health and safety committees – part 1.

  • Your Role as Certified Member
    What does it mean to be on a Joint Health and Safety Committee? How often do members of the committee meet, and what do they do there? Instruction begins by answering these fundamental questions.
  • Roles of Workplace Parties
    Workers, supervisors and employers each have a role to play under Ontario’s health and safety legislation.
  • Relevant Health and Safety Legislation
    In this portion of the course, you will learn about the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and how to access it for the purposes of carrying on the duties of a committee member.
  • Basic Rights, Responsibilities, and Training Requirements
    Once you’ve been introduced to the OHSA, the course will discuss the rights and responsibilities entrenched in that legislation in more detail. These include the purpose, legal requirements for, and rights and duties of a JHSC and its members.
  • Describe How a Functioning JHSC Works
    On to the practical portion of the course. Here, you’ll learn how to conduct a health and safety meeting, the basic process of recognizing, assessing, controlling, and evaluating health and safety hazards, conducting workplace inspections, and more.
  • Methods of hazard assessment, control, and evaluation
    The role of a JHSC is not only to identify issues, but to propose solutions that keep workers safe. Working with employers and supervisors to control health hazards is a fundamental purpose of a JHSC.
  • Investigating Accidents
    Although the goal is to minimize the incidence of workplace accidents, it’s also important to learn how to investigate them thoroughly when they occur. The final part of the course teaches the requirements of an on-the-job accident investigation.

I recommend visiting PSHSA for health and safety committee training information beyond the scope of this brief introduction.