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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: Jul 08, 2020 - To: Dec 23, 2020
City: Any
Region: Any

ihsa_EventNumberCourseNameDateCityLocation 
E62345JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)7/8/2020 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Register
E65523JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)7/14/2020 8:00:00 AMWaterlooWaterloo Knights of Columbus Course is full
E65278JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)7/21/2020 8:00:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Course is full
E72988JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)7/21/2020 8:00:00 AMThunder BayIBEW Local 402-Electrical Industry Building Register
E72928JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)7/22/2020 8:00:00 AMKingstonKingston Construction Association Course is full
E73322JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)7/27/2020 8:00:00 AMWaterlooWaterloo Knights of Columbus Register
E65654JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)7/28/2020 8:00:00 AMBrantfordBest Western Plus Brant Park Inn Register
E65773JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)8/4/2020 8:00:00 AMNiagara FallsIBEW Local 303 Course is full
E73352JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)8/11/2020 8:00:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Register
E65283JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)8/24/2020 8:00:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Register
E65593JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)8/25/2020 8:00:00 AMSault Ste. MarieQuattro Hotel & Conference Centre Register
E65367JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)9/8/2020 8:00:00 AMLondonLondon & District Construction Association Register
E65517JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)9/14/2020 8:00:00 AMGuelphSpringfield Golf and Country Club Course is full
E61448JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)9/15/2020 8:00:00 AMNorth BayHomewood Suites by Hilton North Bay Register
E66998JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)9/22/2020 8:00:00 AMTimminsHoliday Inn Express-Timmins Register
E66628JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)9/29/2020 8:00:00 AMSarniaBest Western Guildwood Inn Register
E65286JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)9/30/2020 8:00:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Register
E62633JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)10/6/2020 8:00:00 AMPeterboroughPeterborough Lions Community Centre Register
E65594JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)10/20/2020 8:00:00 AMSault Ste. MarieQuattro Hotel & Conference Centre Register
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 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
E65774JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)11/24/2020 8:00:00 AMNiagara FallsIBEW Local 303 Register
E70809JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)11/25/2020 8:00:00 AMHuntsvilleHoliday Inn Express-Huntsville Register
E65293JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)12/21/2020 8:30:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Course is full

 
 

Session Details


From: Jul 13, 2020 - To: Dec 18, 2020
City: Any
Region: Any

ihsa_EventNumberCourseNameDateCityLocation 
E62362JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)7/13/2020 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Course is full
E66991JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)7/14/2020 8:00:00 AMTimminsHoliday Inn Express-Timmins Register
E73024JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)7/14/2020 8:00:00 AMSudburyClarion Inn Sudbury Course is full
E72989JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)8/4/2020 8:00:00 AMThunder BayIBEW Local 402-Electrical Industry Building Register
E65279JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)8/10/2020 8:00:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Course is full
E65527JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)8/18/2020 8:00:00 AMWaterlooWaterloo Knights of Columbus Course is full
E73353JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)8/18/2020 9:00:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Register
E67873JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)9/9/2020 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Course is full
E62623JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)9/15/2020 8:00:00 AMPeterboroughPeterborough Lions Community Centre Register
E65777JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)9/15/2020 8:00:00 AMNiagara FallsIBEW Local 303 Register
E65284JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)9/21/2020 8:00:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Course is full
E65287JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)10/5/2020 8:30:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Course is full
E65520JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)10/19/2020 8:00:00 AMGuelphSpringfield Golf and Country Club Register
E65290JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)11/2/2020 8:00:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Register
E66629JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)11/3/2020 8:00:00 AMSarniaBest Western Guildwood Inn 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
E67016JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)11/17/2020 8:00:00 AMTimminsHoliday Inn Express-Timmins Register
E65292JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)12/1/2020 8:30:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Register
E65600JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)12/8/2020 8:00:00 AMSault Ste. MarieQuattro Hotel & Conference Centre Register
E65528JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)12/16/2020 8:00:00 AMWaterlooWaterloo Knights of Columbus Register

 
 

Session Details


From: Jul 22, 2020 - To: Oct 28, 2020
City: Any
Region: Any

ihsa_EventNumberCourseNameDateCityLocation 
E62794JHSC Certification Part 2 - Transportation (2020)7/22/2020 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Register
E67176JHSC Certification Part 2 - Transportation (2020)9/23/2020 8:00:00 AMSudburyClarion Inn Sudbury Register
E65288JHSC Certification Part 2 - Transportation (2020)10/26/2020 8:30:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Register

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