Qualifications for Joint Health and Safety Committee certified members
Joint Health and Safety Committee members only become certified upon achieving the following points listed below:
Completion of two-part training from a CPO-approved training provider
You need to complete the two-part training from a CPO-approved training provider for becoming a certified JHSC member.
Participants need to complete Part 1 first
Part 1 focuses on the theoretical aspects of health and safety. Moreover, it is the basic certification, which every participant needs to complete first. Part 1 of the JHSC certification training is generic to all workplaces in Ontario. These workplaces, regardless of their workplace sector, will require both employer and worker certified members.
Here’s a quick sneak-peak into the Part 1 topics:
- Occupational health and safety law
- Rights, duties, and responsibilities of all the workplace parties
- Hazard recognition hazards, assessment, control, and evaluation of hazard controls
- Joint health and safety committees
- Duties and responsibilities of JHSC members as well as certified members
- Health and safety resources
Once participants complete Part 1 training, they need to complete Part 2 before 6 months of completing Part 1.
After successfully completing Part 1, participants need to complete Part 2 of the training
Participants need to complete Part 2 based on a workplace hazard assessment. In fact, the employer in consultation with the JHSC must conduct the risk assessment.
Part 2 of the JHSC certification training emphasizes on:
- The key concepts pertaining to hazard recognition, assessment, and evaluation of hazard controls
- The JHSC training course teaches participants different ways to apply these concepts to a minimum of six hazards. In fact, the key point to note here is that these 6 hazards must be relevant to their respective workplaces.
- The JHSC certification training focuses on making the participants practice the following:
- Drafting action plans
- Making key recommendations to the employer through an in-class activity
Communication of Joint Health and Safety Committee training completion to the CPO
Once the participants successfully complete both parts, the CPO-approved training provider will advise the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO). Next, the CPO reviews the training received and grants the member certification status if all documentation is in place.
Validity period of the Joint Health and Safety Committee certification
JHSC certification is valid only for 3 years. A certified member must complete a JHSC refresher program before the completion of 3 years.