Get answers to all your JHSC and Safety Representative questions.
JHSC stands for Joint Health & Safety Committee. It is an advisory group required under s.9 of the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA). The committee is made up of management and worker representatives who work together to identify health and safety problems and recommend solutions. Members meet regularly to:
The responsibilities of a Joint Health and Safety Committee are:
Committees are generally required where:
For most companies, compliance means having at least two committee members - one worker and one management representative - certified in health and safety.
For mushroom, greenhouse, dairy, hog, cattle, and poultry farming operations, JHSC Certification training is required if there are 50 or more workers.
The construction industry has different requirements for joint committees. Please refer to specific information at IHSA.
A Health and Safety Representative is an employee elected, as an individual or as a member of a health and safety committee or both, to represent the views of employees in relation to health and safety at work.
Generally speaking, a health and safety representative has the same responsibilities and powers as a joint health and safety committee member. These include:
At least one member of the committee representing the workers, and one member of the committee representing the employer must complete certification training.
Certification Training is a mandated training program under the OHSA. It is intended for management and worker members of Joint Health and Safety Committees who wish to become designated as “certified members” under the Act. The intent of the law is to give members of Joint Health and Safety Committees greater knowledge with which to carry out their responsibilities.
The JHSC certification comprises of 2 parts which need to be completed sequentially followed by Refresher trainings every 3 years to preserve your certification status.
Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) Certification is a process of:
1. Completing in-depth workplace health and safety training with a Chief Prevention Officer (CPO)-approved provider. Visit our JHSC overview page to select the CPO approved training course for your needs.
2. Obtaining proof (your certificate) of having completed that training from the Ministry of Labour.
WSPS offers training in a format that suits your needs. Please note that JHSC training comprises of 2 parts which need to be completed sequentially followed by Refresher trainings every 3 years to preserve your certification status.
JHSC Part 2 Certification is sector specific training and is offered virtually or in person (Instructor led). Select the course below:
Refresher Training is for all sectors and is offered virtually or in person (Instructor led).
Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) is an Ontario Chief Prevention Office (CPO) approved training provider for the JHSC Certification training program.
Committee members are required to meet at the workplace at least once every three months [subsection 9(33)]. More frequent meetings may be useful, particularly in industries where the work involves hazardous substances or procedures.
All JHSC members who received certification after the new Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD) training standards came into effect on March 1, 2016, are required to take a certification refresher training course every 3 years in order to maintain their status.
You will need to contact WSIB to obtain a Form 82 ("1-2-3-4 Poster"). This will be provided to you free of charge.