COVID-19 infection rates in Ontario remain stubbornly high. Workers confront these and a host of other hazards long in existence prior to the pandemic.
The solution? As ever, informed worker involvement.
The best place to start? Ensure your joint health and safety committee (JHSC) have completed approved certification training. If your workplace employs 20 or more workers
a JHSC is required. Through JHSC representatives, or a worker health and safety representative in smaller workplaces, workers have the right to participate
in the process of identifying hazards and concerns and recommending protective measures.
Properly training and certifying your JHSC will meet legal obligations and build in-house knowledge and skill needed to identify and control all hazards, including workplace transmission of COVID-19. Well-trained JHSC’s can also support employers in developing and implementing a mandatory COVID-19 workplace safety plan
We can help too! Workers Health and Safety Centre has scheduled JHSC Certification training
in virtual classrooms throughout December and into the New Year.
Begin the process today!
Safely meeting employer obligations
Employers by law must "carry out" Certification training
for at least two members of the JHSC, one worker representative and one management representative. (Although many workplaces are electing to train their entire committee.) By “carry out” the law means the employer must pay for the training
and time spent training must be employer-paid time too. Certification training programs and those who deliver them must be also be approved. By “approved” the law means approved by the Ministry of Labour’s Chief Prevention Officer. WHSC is an approved provider
and all our Certification training programs are also indeed approved.
Most important, our Certification programs provide JHSC members with the knowledge and skills needed to play their critical and legally mandated role
in workplace health and safety. Among other things, the training equips members to: recognize, assess, control and eliminate workplace hazards; recommend and implement an effective hierarchy of controls; conduct inspections; and fulfill reporting obligations.
The COVID-19 crisis presented an unprecedented challenge in terms of providing access to WHSC’s essential and mandatory training programs, including JHSC Certification Training
. WHSC quickly retooled our delivery model
in a way we could still ensure the integrity of our training and safety of participants and instructors. This we achieved with WHSC virtual classroom training
For this reason, we have offered JHSC Certification training in safe, virtual classrooms throughout the pandemic.
Registrations for the following scheduled Certification programs are filling fast. Sign up today!
JHSC Certification Part I
JHSC Certification Part II
JHSC Certification Refresher
For virtual training, all that is required by the participant is a high-speed internet connection and a computer with a functioning camera and audio. When registering be sure to supply the participant’s home address,
as resource materials critical to successful participation will be shipped to this address.
Beyond scheduled classes,
and where participant numbers warrant, we can work with you to coordinate in your workplace Certification training, or almost any of our training courses
in a virtual classroom for all workers, workplace representatives and supervisors.
Need more information still?
Call a WHSC training services representative
in your area.
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Additional related resources:
Confronting COVID-19: Conducting effective workplace inspections
Preparing for September: COVID-19 inspection checklist webinar
WHSC COVID-19 resources