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It’s the time of year when kids head back to school. It’s also the perfect time to check in with your Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC). Any members who need training (or refresher training) may also find themselves headed back to the classroom this fall!
What is JHSC Training?
BEST Safety Training’s CPO-approved JHSC certification course provides participants with a solid foundation of health and safety knowledge on which they’ll be able to build.
Participants will learn:
- How to read and understand the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations
- How the JHSC functions in the workplace
- The requirements of the JHSC and its members
- How health and safety theories and practices apply to real-work scenarios
- How to conduct an effective workplace inspection
- How to conduct and complete an accident (incident) investigation, including legal processes and reporting obligations
- Hazard assessment, recognition, control, and evaluation (RACE)
BEST Safety Training’s CPO-approved JHSC certification course includes everything participants need to be effective, efficient, and confident JHSC members and make a positive impact in the workplace.
Who Needs JHSC Training?
It’s recommended that all JHSC members receive training – not just the minimum number required under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act. If your JHSC members are already trained, they may be due for Refresher training. Refresher training helps JHSC members stay up to date on legislative changes, best practices, and evolving workplace safety needs.
Why Check In with the JHSC?
There are many reasons to check in with the JHSC regularly, such as:
- Ensuring all members are actively engaging in JHSC activities and duties
- Confirming that there are enough members to undertake all responsibilities in the allotted time
- Checking that everyone’s JHSC Certification is up-to-date and that no one is due for Refresher training
- Ensuring that the organization remains compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act’s requirements for training, number of certified members, and composition
- Addressing any questions and providing clarity if needed
Checking in on Engagement and Workload
You can check in on your JHSC by simply asking, “How’s it going?” You may be surprised how much information this simple question yields. When listening to responses, note any pain points that members identify, and resolve to come up with a solution together.
Checking in on Training and Compliance
Training is essential to the JHSC’s success because a trained JHSC is both engaged and knowledgeable. Certification is also mandatory in Ontario. Section 9(12) of the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act states that “a constructor or employer shall ensure that at least one member of the committee representing the constructor or employer and at least one member representing workers are certified members.” JHSC training is necessary because it keeps your company compliant with the law.
There are a few questions you’ll want to ask during this check-in, including:
- How many JHSC members are there? Not sure how many you need? Learn more about JHSC Composition
- How many JHSC workers and management members are certified?
- Were any members trained before March 2016? If so, they’re likely exempt from having to take Refresher training
- Are any members who were certified after March 2016 due for Refresher training this year? Book seats in advance to avoid disappointment!
These questions will help you determine whether you need to take action to keep compliant and up to date. It’s recommended that all JHSC members receive training – not just the minimum number required.
Have JHSC members who need training or refresher training? See upcoming JHSC offerings in your area!
Checking in to Provide Clarity and Guidance
Take the time to check in with members to see if they have questions or need clarity. You may also use this time to make sure that what you’ve been doing is working, particularly the process of how the JHSC makes recommendations and how the employer responds. If it needs some tweaks so that it’s more effective, discuss how to streamline the process together.
BEST Safety Training is Here to Help
Download this FREE JHSC Check-In Calendar courtesy of BEST Safety Training and Consulting.