Joint Health & Safety Committee (Occupational Health and Safety)
Joint Health & Safety Committee (Occupational Health and Safety) need to perform an annual evaluation. Use the link below to help you ensure your joint committee has met its legal obligations, and to evaluate its overall effectiveness.
Joint Health and Safety Committee Evaluation Tool
JH&S Committee and Workers Reps Training
The Workers Compensation Act requires employers to establish a Joint Health and Safety Committee, that regularly employs 20 or more (full or part-time) employees.
Many workplaces find that joint worker/employer safety and health committees are an excellent means of consultation within the organisation. These committees can help identify workplace health and safety responsibilities. They can establish positive attitudes, and assist the employer in reducing and or eliminating workplace injuries or diseases.
What joint committees and worker health and safety representatives do
The joint committee plays an important role in your occupational health and safety program, giving workers and employers a way to work together to identify and find solutions to workplace health and safety issues. The joint committee has the following specific duties and functions:
- Identify situations that may be unhealthy or unsafe for workers, and advise on effective systems for responding to those situations
- Consider, and promptly deal with complaints relating to the health and safety of workers
- Consult with workers and the employer on issues related to occupational health and safety, and the occupational environment
- Make recommendations to the employer and the workers for the improvement of the occupational health and safety, and the occupational environment of workers
- Make recommendations to the employer on educational programs promoting the health and safety of workers. Compliance with Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act and the regulations, and to monitor their effectiveness
- Advise the employer on programs and policies required under the regulations for the workplace, and to monitor their effectiveness
- Advise the employer on proposed changes to the workplace. This is including significant proposed changes to equipment and machinery, or the work processes that may affect the health or safety of workers
- Ensure that accident investigations and regular inspections are carried out as required
- Participate in inspections, investigations and inquiries as provided in Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act and Section 3 of the Regulation
In workplaces where a worker health and safety representative is required, the representative has the same duties and functions as a joint committee, to the extent practicable.
This program is typically scheduled for 8 hrs.