OHSA Subsection 9(12) requires most workplaces with 20 or more workers to have at least one worker and one management person serve as certified members of a workplace Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC). This certification involves training in health and safety law, and the identification, assessment and control of hazards. The JHSC represents workers and employers at Ontario workplaces, and some members of a JHSC must receive certification training to perform their duties effectively.
Previously, the scope of this training was provided by the May 1996 Certification Standards (last updated in January 2007). The 1996 standards will remain in effect until February 29, 2016. On March 1, 2016, it will be superseded by a new standard for workplace health & safety training. In October 2015, the Ontario Ministry of Labour released an overview of the new training standard. Components of the 2016 training include the following:
- Part One Training - Generic to all workplaces that require both employer and worker certified members, regardless of sector, and including occupational health and safety law, rights, duties and responsibilities of the workplace parties, hazard recognition and assessment, joint health and safety committees, duties and responsibilities of JHSC members and certified members, and health and safety resources.
- Part Two Training - Focuses further on the concepts of hazard recognition, assessment, and control, and evaluation of hazard controls, as participants will learn how to apply these concepts to a minimum of six hazards relevant to their own workplace.
- Refresher Training - Includes a review of key concepts from Part One and Part Two training, relevant updates to legislation, standards, codes of practice, and occupational health and safety best practices; and an opportunity for certified members to discuss best practices and challenges.
The process to become a certified member, and/or maintain certification status under the new training requirements, is outlined in the "Training and Other Requirements" document established by the CPO.
Trinity Consultants has the knowledge, experience and resources to assist your facility to become compliant with the MOL requirements. For more information, please contact Suzy Sabanathan at (416) 391-2527 x22.