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Health & Safety Representative
 

A Health and Safety Representative (H & S Rep) has a vital role to play in protecting the health and safety of everyone at the workplace. Having a designated person on the site to deal with any concerns about workplace hazards demonstrates to workers that the employer is committed to protecting them.

Many small businesses that are not large enough to require a Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) rely on their H & S Rep to bring forward any health and safety issues that need attention. Unfortunately, many H & S Reps do not have the necessary training to recognize or resolve these issues.

 
A Health and Safety Rep is required when:
  • More than 5 and less than 20 workers are regularly employed at the workplace

OR
  • More than 5 workers are regularly employed at a construction project and the work is expected to last less than 3 months.

The consequences of not having a well-trained H & S Rep are seen too often. Workers can suffer lost income or a lower quality of life due to a critical injury. Families can lose a loved one to a workplace fatality. Employers can lose a valuable employee and production days. They may even have to replace damaged material and equipment and pay higher compensation costs.

 

Training

Section 8 of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) outlines the duties and powers of H & S Reps. A new amendment to this section, subsection 5.1, requires the employer or constructor to ensure that H & S Reps receive training that enables them to exercise their powers and perform their duties effectively. While this amendment has not yet been put into force, it is recommended that all H & S Reps receive training in order to do their jobs well.

H & S Reps have many of the same responsibilities and powers as members of a JHSC. Because of that, it makes sense that they should receive the same training. IHSA recommends that all H & S Reps take a JHSC Certification course.

 

JHSC Certification – Part One covers the essentials of being H & S Rep and includes modules on legislation, health and safety hazards, workplace inspections, and incident investigations.

 

So far this year, the health and safety record for IHSA rate groups has been troubling when compared with previous years. This is especially true in the construction and transportation rate groups. We recommend that H & S Reps in these sectors take JHSC Certification – Part Two in addition to Part One.

 
 

The good news is that it's not too late to reverse this upward trend of workplace injuries. By upgrading their knowledge, H & S Reps can protect themselves and their coworkers from workplace hazards by identifying and addressing potential problems before they become an issue. For more information about H & S Reps, download the Guideline for Health & Safety Representatives (W002).

IHSA offers our JHSC courses free to our members, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Become a part of the solution to make Ontario workplaces safe and healthy. Register today!

 

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Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification – Part One

 

Session Details


From: Sep 29, 2020 - To: Mar 25, 2021
City: Any
Region: Any

ihsa_EventNumberCourseNameDateCityLocation 
E65373JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)9/29/2020 8:00:00 AMWindsorThe Safety Village Register
E66628JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)9/29/2020 8:00:00 AMSarniaBest Western Guildwood Inn Course is full
E65286JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)9/30/2020 8:00:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Course is full
E67875JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)10/5/2020 8:00:00 AMMississaugaCHSI-Centre for Health and Safety Innovation Course is full
E62633JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)10/6/2020 8:00:00 AMPeterboroughPeterborough Lions Community Centre Course is full
E74512JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)10/13/2020 8:00:00 AMHamiltonIBEW Local 105 Training Centre Course is full
E64631JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)10/14/2020 8:00:00 AMThunder BayIBEW Local 402-Electrical Industry Building Course is full
E65594JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)10/20/2020 8:00:00 AMSault Ste. MarieQuattro Hotel & Conference Centre Register
E74937JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)10/20/2020 8:00:00 AMThunder BayIBEW Local 402-Electrical Industry Building Register
E74885JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)10/26/2020 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Course is full
E65289JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)10/28/2020 8:00:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Course is full
E65524JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)11/3/2020 8:00:00 AMWaterlooWaterloo Knights of Columbus Course is full
E74305JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)11/10/2020 8:00:00 AMSimcoeTravelodge Simcoe Register
E66763JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)11/11/2020 8:00:00 AMKingstonKingston Construction Association Course is full
E65291JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)11/11/2020 8:30:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Course is full
E61717JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)11/17/2020 8:00:00 AMSudburyClarion Inn Sudbury Register
E74405JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)11/23/2020 8:00:00 AMMississaugaCHSI-Centre for Health and Safety Innovation Course is full
E65774JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)11/24/2020 8:00:00 AMNiagara FallsIBEW Local 303 Course is full
E70809JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)11/25/2020 8:00:00 AMHuntsvilleHoliday Inn Express-Huntsville Course is full
E62690JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)11/30/2020 8:00:00 AMBowmanvilleIHSA - Training Centre - Bowmanville Register
E67950JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)12/2/2020 8:00:00 AMMississaugaCHSI-Centre for Health and Safety Innovation Course is full
E65293JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)12/21/2020 8:30:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Course is full
E74595JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)1/5/2021 8:00:00 AMBowmanvilleIHSA - Training Centre - Bowmanville Register
E72438JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)1/19/2021 8:00:00 AMBowmanvilleIHSA - Training Centre - Bowmanville Register
E72722JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)1/27/2021 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Course is full
E72741JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)2/2/2021 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Course is full
E74797JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)2/8/2021 8:00:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Register
E72749JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)2/9/2021 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Register
E72767JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)2/22/2021 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Register
E72775JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)2/24/2021 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Register
E72797JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)3/3/2021 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Register
E72801JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)3/8/2021 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Register
E72812JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)3/15/2021 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Register
E74821JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)3/16/2021 8:00:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Register
E72825JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)3/23/2021 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Register

 
 

Session Details


From: Sep 29, 2020 - To: Mar 24, 2021
City: Any
Region: Any

ihsa_EventNumberCourseNameDateCityLocation 
E73767JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)9/29/2020 8:00:00 AMNorth BayHampton Inn by Hilton North Bay Register
E74365JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)10/5/2020 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Course is full
E65287JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)10/5/2020 8:30:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Course is full
E67880JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)10/14/2020 8:00:00 AMMississaugaCHSI-Centre for Health and Safety Innovation Course is full
E65520JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)10/19/2020 8:00:00 AMGuelphSpringfield Golf and Country Club Course is full
E61453JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)10/20/2020 8:00:00 AMNorth BayHampton Inn by Hilton North Bay Register
E65375JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)10/21/2020 8:00:00 AMWindsorThe Safety Village Register
E66759JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)10/28/2020 8:00:00 AMKingstonKingston Construction Association Course is full
E65290JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)11/2/2020 8:00:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Course is full
E65370JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)11/3/2020 8:00:00 AMLondonLondon & District Construction Association Course is full
E66629JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)11/3/2020 8:00:00 AMSarniaBest Western Guildwood Inn Course is full
E67910JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)11/4/2020 8:00:00 AMMississaugaCHSI-Centre for Health and Safety Innovation Course is full
E64634JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)11/10/2020 8:00:00 AMThunder BayIBEW Local 402-Electrical Industry Building Register
E62686JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)11/17/2020 8:00:00 AMPeterboroughPeterborough Lions Community Centre Register
E66755JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)11/17/2020 8:00:00 AMBellevilleFairfield Inn & Suites - Belleville Register
E67016JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)11/17/2020 8:00:00 AMTimminsBest Western - Timmins Register
E67915JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)11/18/2020 8:00:00 AMMississaugaCHSI-Centre for Health and Safety Innovation Course is full
E62689JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)11/24/2020 8:00:00 AMBowmanvilleIHSA - Training Centre - Bowmanville Register
E67923JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)11/25/2020 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Course is full
E75020JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)11/30/2020 8:00:00 AMSudburyClarion Inn Sudbury Register
E65292JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)12/1/2020 8:30:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Register
E74939JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)12/7/2020 8:00:00 AMThunder BayIBEW Local 402-Electrical Industry Building Register
E65600JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)12/8/2020 8:00:00 AMSault Ste. MarieQuattro Hotel & Conference Centre Register
E67954JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)12/14/2020 8:00:00 AMMississaugaCHSI-Centre for Health and Safety Innovation Course is full
E65528JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)12/16/2020 8:00:00 AMWaterlooWaterloo Knights of Columbus Course is full
E72444JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)2/2/2021 8:00:00 AMBowmanvilleIHSA - Training Centre - Bowmanville Register
E72750JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)2/10/2021 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Course is full
E74798JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)2/10/2021 8:00:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Register
E72772JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)2/22/2021 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Register
E72790JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)3/1/2021 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Register
E72456JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)3/2/2021 8:00:00 AMBowmanvilleIHSA - Training Centre - Bowmanville Register
E74809JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)3/3/2021 8:00:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Register
E72802JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)3/8/2021 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Register
E72821JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)3/22/2021 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Register
E74827JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)3/22/2021 8:00:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Register

 
 

Session Details


From: Oct 26, 2020 - To: Oct 28, 2020
City: Any
Region: Any

ihsa_EventNumberCourseNameDateCityLocation 
E65288JHSC Certification Part 2 - Transportation (2020)10/26/2020 8:30:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Register

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