Workers Health & Safety Centre

FOR H&S REPS

As a workplace health and safety representative, workers trust you to raise their health and safety concerns. Through you, workers can participate more fully in resolving issues that affect their health and safety on the job.

Required training

Ontario law requires

  • a Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) in most workplaces with 20 or more regular employees
  • a worker health and safety representative for workplaces with 6 to 19 employees.

Employers must provide training to representatives participating on joint health and safety committees. Your employer must ensure one JHSC member representing workers and one representing management completes a two-step Certification Training program. Similarly, employers will soon be required to train worker representatives in smaller workplaces.

Your duties

Proper training can help workplace health and safety representatives fulfil their considerable legal duties. These duties include, the duty to:

  • inspect the workplace and identify hazards;
  • recommend improvements for worker health and safety including:
    • training of workplace parties
    • workplace policies and procedures;
  • obtain information from the employer on:
    • identification of potential or existing hazards of materials, processes and equipment;
    • health and safety experiences, work practices, and standards in similar or other industries of which the employer has knowledge;
    • information on tests of equipment, machine, device, article, any biological, chemical or physical agent in or about the workplace;
  • investigate fatalities or critical injuries.

Additionally, JHSC members have the right to be consulted on hygiene monitoring approaches and have a worker rep present at the beginning of any testing.

WHSC can help.

The Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) is designated by the government as Ontario's health and safety training centre. We are Ontario's premier provider of occupational health and safety training for joint health and safety committees, smaller workplace health and safety representatives, workers and supervisors.

WHSC training can help workplaces of all sizes and sectors to

  • comply with all legal training requirements
  • meet and exceed JHSC Certification training standards
  • train smaller workplace H&S reps
  • plan and implement effective workplace prevention programs.

Want to learn more?

Check out our "Training" section. Be sure to visit also our "Frequently Asked Questions" section. And don't forget to subscribe to WHSC E-news.

Don't see what you need, drop us an e-mail at contactus@whsc.on.ca or call us at 1.888.869.7950 and ask to speak to a WHSC training services representative.

TESTIMONIALS


"We asked WHSC for a second time to deliver on-site forklift operator skills training. It's convenient, less costly and generally less hassle. We plan to have the WHSC return to deliver propane training too." Jim Porritt Manger of Rides and Attractions Maintenance Ontario Place Toronto
"With Ontario's workplace violence laws being so new we wanted more clarity and direction. The WHSC training was money well spent. We are definitely better prepared to not only get in compliance with the law but stay in compliance moving forward." Christine Hincks Administrative Supervisor PFM North America Newmarket
"We have a newly formed joint committee and wanted to get all members on the same page with respect to our roles and duties. WHSC training certainly helped us to achieve this." Wayne Shipley Manager, Training Ministry of Colleges and Universities

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