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Health & Safety Representatives

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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: May 04, 2020 - To: Jun 25, 2020
City: Any
Region: Any

ihsa_EventNumberCourseNameDateCityLocation 
E65270JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)5/4/2020 8:00:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Course is full
E61424JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)5/12/2020 8:00:00 AMSudburyClarion Inn Sudbury Register
E65516JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)5/20/2020 8:00:00 AMGuelphSpringfield Golf and Country Club Course is full
E66986JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)5/26/2020 8:00:00 AMTimminsHoliday Inn Express-Timmins Register
E66442JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)6/8/2020 8:00:00 AMStratfordBest Western Arden Park Register
E62596JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)6/9/2020 8:00:00 AMPeterboroughPeterborough Lions Community Centre Register
E66727JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)6/9/2020 8:00:00 AMKingstonKingston Construction Association Register
E65274JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)6/22/2020 8:00:00 AMOttawaOttawa Skills Development Centre Course is full
E65653JHSC Certification Part 1 (2020)6/23/2020 8:00:00 AMBrantfordBest Western Plus Brant Park Inn Register

 
 

Session Details


From: Apr 28, 2020 - To: Jun 25, 2020
City: Any
Region: Any

ihsa_EventNumberCourseNameDateCityLocation 
E65597JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)4/28/2020 8:00:00 AMSault Ste. MarieQuattro Hotel & Conference Centre Register
E66473JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)5/6/2020 8:00:00 AMStratfordBest Western Arden Park Register
E64624JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)5/12/2020 8:00:00 AMThunder BayIBEW Local 402-Electrical Industry Building Register
E66979JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)5/12/2020 8:00:00 AMNorth BayHomewood Suites by Hilton North Bay Register
E62583JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)5/19/2020 8:00:00 AMWhitbyAbilities Centre Course is full
E64605JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)5/27/2020 8:00:00 AMKenoraSuper 8-Kenora Register
E65369JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)6/9/2020 8:00:00 AMLondonLondon & District Construction Association Register
E71649JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)6/15/2020 8:00:00 AMBarrieBarrie Construction Association Register
E65598JHSC Certification Part 2 - Construction (2020)6/23/2020 8:00:00 AMSault Ste. MarieQuattro Hotel & Conference Centre Register

 
 

Session Details


From: Apr 27, 2020 - To: Apr 29, 2020
City: Any
Region: Any

ihsa_EventNumberCourseNameDateCityLocation 
E65835JHSC Certification Part 2 - Transportation (2020)4/27/2020 8:00:00 AMCambridgeChristian Labour Association of Canada-Cambridge Register

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