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.

Proper Posture When Sitting In Front Of The Computer

Finding the right position for sitting means a couple of basic advances. Each time you take a seat, rapidly do these actions to enable your body to sink into its best position.


To begin, sit toward the front of your seat. Put your shoulders and neck into a full slumping position. At that point, gradually pull your head and shoulders up into a tall sitting position. Position your lower back frontward and highlight the bends of your spine. This will first feel constrained and awkward, however, hold for a few seconds. Release this sitting position slowly, and you’re sitting in a decent posture position. Move back in the seat until the point that your back is against the seat and your hips are in the bend of the seat.


Do not forget to address different variables that impact your posture, from where to put your feet to how far away your screen ought to be. Here is the other proper posture you need to observe.


  1. Sit based on the right manner

Numerous office and individual work area seats have movable backs, situates, and even more help. Keep the accompanying criteria in mind:


  • Your upper legs ought to be level against the base of the seat.


  • Your lower legs should frame a 90-degree edge at the knees.


  • Your feet ought to be at a level of 90-degree edge to your lower legs.


  • Your back ought to be at somewhere in the range of 100 and 135 degrees in connection to your legs.


  • Your arms ought to be tucked close to your sides.


  • Your shoulders and neck ought to be loose.


  • Your eyes ought to have the capacity to see the screen without stretching, craning, or straining your neck or your eyes.


  1. Back Support Adjustment

On the off chance that your seat has lumbar support, a modified pad, flexible armrests, or some other kind of particular help, change it as required. It’s alright to change things like armrests and pads in the event that they meddle with your stance.


  1. Work close to your keyboard

Your keyboard ought to be in front before your body; don’t wind or twist your body to be able to easily reach your PC.


  1. Manage to practice head up position

You might be enticed to slump your neck; this will prompt neck and back agony, so keep your head up regardless of whether you need to look down at the screen. One easy fix for this is altering your screen’s height so it sits at your eye level.


  1. Practice breathing exercises

Inhale slow breaths when taking a seat. Make a point to take full breaths frequently—particularly on the off chance that you wind up encountering a migraine or unsteadiness—and attempt to hold a couple of full breaths in once consistently. Shallow breaths can cause you to alter your posture unknowingly, while stomach level breaths will enable you to focus on your right position.


  1. Organize your desk

If you have enough space around your work area to place your paper, telephone, and different accessories, ensure that they’re placed around the PC; your PC ought to be in the center of your work area.


  1. Exercise


  • Avoid sitting too long. Take short breaks so you can stand for 1-2mins. Walk around and stretch for 20-30mins. Do not eat in front of the computer.


  • For your hands, bend your fingers and squeez a stress ball once in a while to prevent carpal tunnel.


  • For your eyes, to avoid eye fatigue, practice looking away from the screen of the computer for a few second intervals every 30mins.