4 reasons you need a Joint Health and Safety Committee in Ontario

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) specifies the requirements for a Joint Health and Safety Committee in Ontario.

4 reasons to have a joint health and safety committee

4 reasons to have a joint health and safety committee

Here are 4 reasons why you need a Joint Health and Safety Committee in Ontario:

Your organization has more than 20 employees

Section 9 (2) (a) of the OHSA states that you require a JHSC if you have 20 or more workers. However, the Act clearly specifies that these workers must be employed regularly. Further, section (9) (6) requires a JHSC to have:

  • At least 2 persons if the workplace has less than 50 workers regularly employed.
  • Minimum of 4 persons if the workplace has more than 50 workers or more regularly employed.

Furthermore, section (9) (12) requires that a company shall have:

  • At least 1 member of the committee representing the constructor or employer as a certified member
  • Minimum of 1 member representing the workers as a certified member

You received an order from a MOL inspector under section 33

A MOL inspector can issue an order under section 33 of the OHSA in writing as per section 9 (2) (b):

  • Requiring an employer to establish and maintain one or more Joint Health and Safety Committees for a workplace
  • The order may also provide for the composition, practice, and procedure of any such committee

Please note that the MOL inspector can issue the above order despite subsections 1 and 2 of section 9.

In case you are using a designated substance at your workplace, you need to have a joint health and safety committee in Ontario

You need a JHSC as per section 9 (2) (c) if:

  • A regulation concerning designated substances applies to a workplace, which has less than 20 workers regularly employed.
  • The workplace is other than a construction project.

You expect work at your construction project to last more than 3 months

A construction project where the work is expected to last more than 3 months needs to have a JHSC. Moreover, your construction project should have more than 20 workers.

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