Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC)
A CPO-approved training provider delivers Joint Health and Safety (JHSC) training and certification.
All JHSC certified members are devoted to improving the health and safety conditions within a workplace.
Their primary responsibilities include:
- Conducting monthly inspections
- Leading investigations
- Holding regular meetings with key stakeholders
Firstly, the aim of this committee is to identify potential hazards and flagging them before they become a bigger issue. The JHSC committee, which is comprised of worker as well as employer representatives, is an advisory body that makes recommendations to their employer about potential safety gaps and offers guidance to the best of their ability. Secondly, a joint initiative ensures that everything possible is done to mitigate risk of injury or illness that may arise from workplace health & safety hazards. As a result, the designated worker member is expected to inspect the workplace at least once a month and report it back to the committee for further action.
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Which workplaces need Joint Health and Safety Committee Training?
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) in Ontario recommends to have qualified Joint Health & Safety Committee personnel in companies with 20 or more employees. In addition, the members are trusted with the responsibilities of assessing possible hazards, ensuring that the workplace is operating in accordance with occupational health and safety law, coming up with a workplace safety plan, and much more. So, these members are seen as the driving force to ensure a safe and secure work environment for all. The following table lays out the number of JHSC members required by law based on the size of a company. This table was derived from the Ontario government website.
CPO-approved JHSC Training Provider
The Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) of the Ministry of Labour (MOL) has approved 4S Consulting as the first training provider to deliver Joint Health and Safety Committee training completely online!
This course has met the requirements under O. Reg. 128/04 as Director Approved Continuing Education.
Your health and safety during these times is paramount to us, which is why we have stopped our in-class sessions and transitioned completely online. In addition, we offer the Joint Health and Safety Committee training program through two convenient online delivery methods shown below in order to mitigate the risks of COVID-19.
Fully independent learning through online modules that can be accessed and completed anywhere at anytime! Currently only available for Part 1.
Instructor-led online classes delivered through Zoom by our experienced trainer at set times with up to 25 other students.
For more information on the differences between e-learning and virtual training,, refer to our article here.
JHSC Certification outline
15 hrs (e-learning) or 3 days (virtual training)
- Importance of Occupational Health & Safety legislation.
- Rights and responsibilities of a JHSC member.
- Different types of hazards and how to control them.
- Conduct a hazard assessment
- Report workplace injuries.
- Conduct a workplace investigation and suggest recommendations.
2 days (virtual training)
- Review of the key concepts from Part 1 including recognition, assessment, and control of hazards.
- Evaluation of hazard controls.
- Application of concepts listed above to at least six of their most common workplace hazards.
- Creation of a draft action plan and recommendations for their employer.
- Create a workplace safety plan as per the Ontario guidelines to help you pass your next Ministry inspection.
1 day workshop style (virtual training)
- This workshop style class is required once every 3 years for certified members to renew their certification.
- Review of the key concepts from Part 1 and Part 2 of JHSC training.
- Describe changes to legislation, standards, and codes of practice.
- Learn from other experienced JHSC members about potential health & safety challenges and possible solutions.