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May 2016

New Requirements for JHSC

New Requirements for Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification

New training standards went into effect on March 1, 2016, for certifying Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) members at Ontario workplaces.

The changes will improve the quality and consistency of training and ensure JHSC members’ knowledge of health and safety is current. The new standards outline the criteria needed to obtain the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO)’s approval for:

  • programs for JHSC certification training, and
  • training providers who want to deliver those programs.

The standards were changed to reflect legislative updates, current learning principles and to improve the quality and consistency of certification training.

“These new standards will better protect workers on the job by providing certified members with more up-to-date and relevant health and safety knowledge needed to eliminate risks associated with hazards in the workplace that may affect a worker’s health and safety,” Chief Prevention Officer George Gritziotis said. “The new standards will strengthen the internal responsibility system in the workplace.”

Training providers were given five months to prepare when the new standards were established by Ontario’s CPO on Oct. 1, 2015.

The changes are part of the government’s commitment to preventing injuries in the workplace.

Quick Facts

  • JHSCs include worker and employer members who are required to meet on a regular basis for the purpose of making workplaces safer.
  • About 13,000 JHSC members are certified every year in Ontario.
  • Generally, workplaces with 20 or more workers are required to have a JHSC with one certified worker member and one certified employer member.
  • To become certified, JHSC members must complete training and other requirements established by the CPO.
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MOL Announces 2016-17 Blitz Schedule

Ontario will help protect workers on the job by launching more than 20 targeted blitzes at workplaces across the province over the next year.

These enforcement blitzes will focus on violations of Ontario’s employment standards and occupational health and safety laws. As part of the blitzes, a wide range of workplaces will be visited, including food services, retail stores, construction sites and mines. In particular, sectors with vulnerable workers and a history of violations will be targeted.

Occupational health and safety inspectors will check for occupational health and safety violations involving such issues as falls, electrical hazards and chemical handling. The goal is to help prevent workplace injuries and deaths.

 

For more information and the Blitz schedule click here

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