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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: Jun 09, 2020 - To: Aug 27, 2020
City: Any
Region: Any

ihsa_EventNumberCourseNameDateCityLocation 
E62596JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)6/9/2020 8:00:00 AMPeterboroughPeterborough Lions Community Centre Course is full
E66727JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)6/9/2020 8:00:00 AMKingstonKingston Construction Association Register
E65653JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)6/23/2020 8:00:00 AMBrantfordBest Western Plus Brant Park Inn Course is full
E65278JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)7/21/2020 8:00:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Course is full
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 Register
E66753JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)8/18/2020 8:00:00 AMBellevilleCity of Belleville Register
E65593JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)8/25/2020 8:00:00 AMSault Ste. MarieQuattro Hotel & Conference Centre Register

 
 

Session Details


From: Jul 07, 2020 - To: Aug 27, 2020
City: Any
Region: Any

ihsa_EventNumberCourseNameDateCityLocation 
E65275JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)7/7/2020 8:00:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Course is full
E64607JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)7/14/2020 8:00:00 AMDrydenThe Centre - Dryden Register
E66991JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)7/14/2020 8:00:00 AMTimminsHoliday Inn Express-Timmins Register
E65527JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)8/18/2020 8:00:00 AMWaterlooWaterloo Knights of Columbus Course is full
E65655JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)8/25/2020 8:00:00 AMBrantfordBest Western Plus Brant Park Inn Register

 
 

Session Details


From: Jul 14, 2020 - To: Jul 24, 2020
City: Any
Region: Any

ihsa_EventNumberCourseNameDateCityLocation 
E65277JHSC Certification Part 2 - Transportation (2020)7/14/2020 8:00:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Register
E62794JHSC Certification Part 2 - Transportation (2020)7/22/2020 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Register

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