Highly transmissible variants of concern and ongoing community spread are reasons to shore up precautions to prevent transmission of COVID-19 in your workplace.
As such, even as vaccines roll out, COVID precautions will be needed for some time to come.
Health and safety law says employers must take every reasonable precaution to protect workers
. Currently, businesses operating in Ontario must also have a written COVID safety plan
. These must include measures to protect workers and to control the risk of transmission, methods for screening workers and visitors, protocols for addressing suspected exposures and policies for communicating with workers and reporting confirmed cases.
For COVID safety plans to work
though, they require the involvement of joint health safety committees (JHSC) and worker health and safety representatives. Health and safety law also requires their participation in workplace health and safety matters, as well as mandatory training to help ensure this participation is effective too.
With these needs in mind, Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) has recently expanded our schedule
of JHSC Certification training courses in virtual classrooms through to June this year. Register early
to secure your spot.
JHSC Certification training requirements
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 the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development’s Chief Prevention Officer. WHSC is an approved provider
and all our Certification training programs are also 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.
If you have completed JHSC Certification Part I training but have not registered for Part II training, now is the time to do so. In fact, you are not a certified JHSC member until you successfully complete Part II training. Part II training must also be completed within a year
of completing Part I and must address at least six hazards relevant to your workplace.
Safe, convenient, and effective virtual classrooms
The delivery method has changed, but all WHSC virtual Certification programs offer the comprehensive curriculum and learning outcomes many have come to trust. WHSC’s virtual classroom training still applies adult learning principles to ensure learning is engaging, relevant and achieved
. WHSC virtual classrooms offer live, real-time learning, providing the benefits of traditional in-person training
. For WHSC virtual classroom training all that is required is a high-speed internet connection and a computer with a functioning camera and audio. Please note, to help ensure the integrity of the learning experience mobile devices like cell phones and tablets are not permitted. When registering also be sure to supply the participant’s home address,
as resource materials critical to successful participation will be shipped to this address.
In addition to Certification training we offer several other courses in virtual classrooms. Be sure to check out our complete schedule of training
. Beyond scheduled classes,
and where participant numbers warrant, we can also work with you to coordinate almost any of our training courses
in a virtual classroom for all workers, workplace representatives and supervisors.
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