Joint Health And Safety Committee Part 1

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Training for Joint Health & Safety Committee Members (JHSC)

Joint Health and Safety Committee Training (JHSC) Part 1 is a 3 day course for:

  • Joint health & safety committee members (businesses with 20+ employees)
  • Health & safety representatives (businesses with 5-19 employees)
  • Members

Our courses are flexible and can be designed to accommodate your schedules. Courses can be taken either at our facility or your workplace. Auspice Safety is fully certified to deliver Joint Health and Safety Committee Training (JHSC) under the Ministry of Labour.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Joint Health and Safety Committee is an advisory body which helps raise awareness of health and safety issues in the workplace, and identifies risks and recommendations for the employer to address these risks. Joint Health and Safety Committees are committed to improving health and safety conditions in the workplace. The Joint Health and Safety Committee also appoints a designated member to inspect the workplace at least once a month. Their main goal is to work with employers in order to improve safety conditions at the workplace. 

As the name suggests, Joint Health and Safety Committees are a joint effort between management and employees. Half of the members of the committee should be selected from employees who do not exercise management, and are selected by the workers. The other half should be chosen by the employer, and should consist of people with managerial functions.

The number of members which should be on a Joint Health and Safety Committee depends on the size of the workplace. When there are fewer than 50 employees in a workplace, the Joint Health and Safety Committee should have a minimum of 2 members. When there are more than 50 people, the committee should have at least 4 members. If a workplace has between 5 and 20 workers, they are not required to have a Joint Health and Safety Committee, however they should have at least one Health and Safety Representative. Workplaces with 5 or fewer workers do not need a Health and Safety Representative unless there is a designated substance regulation.

Legislation states that Joint Health and Safety Committee members should meet at least once every three months, however more frequent meetings can be beneficial especially if the workplace involves hazardous substances or procedures.

Joint Health and Safety Committee Meetings must be chaired by two members. One of the chairs is chosen by the members who represent the workers, while the other member should exercise managerial functions. It is strongly recommended that the chairs alternate each meeting.