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.
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.