Joint Health &
Safety Committee Members
When it comes to health and safety, everyone in the workplace has a distinct responsibilities. Whether you're an owner, employer, supervisor, or a worker, you have a role to play in keeping the workplace safe. As a worker, you have rights to a safe and healthy workplace, which includes the right to refuse unsafe work.
Role of Joint Health & Safety Committee
The Joint Committee is made up workers and representatives of the employer that work together to help safety and a healthy work environment. While the major part of the responsibilities are apart of the employer it is also the the responsibility of the committee to identify problems around health and safety in the work place and therefore to recommend any solutions to the employer.
As a committee, their role in the workplace includes the following:
- Promoting workplace health and safety
- Consulting with workers and employers about worker health and safety
- Making recommendations to improve occupational health and safety, the occupational environment, and the effectiveness of occupational health and safety programs and policies
- Promoting compliance with Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
More specifically, your committee has the following duties and functions in relation to the workplace, as prescribed by section 130 of the Workers Compensation Act:
- To identify situations that may be unhealthy or unsafe for workers and advise on effective systems for responding to those situations
- To consider and expeditiously deal with complaints relating to the health and safety of workers
- To consult with workers and the employer on issues related to occupational health and safety and occupational environment
- To make recommendations to the employer and the workers for the improvement of the occupational health and safety and occupational environment of workers
- To make recommendations to the employer on educational programs promoting the health and safety of workers and compliance with Part 3 of the Act and the regulations and to monitor their effectiveness
- To advise the employer on programs and policies required under the regulations for the workplace and to monitor their effectiveness
- To advise the employer on proposed changes to the workplace, including significant proposed changes to equipment and machinery, or the work processes that may affect the health or safety of workers
- To ensure that accident investigations and regular inspections are carried out as required
- To participate in inspections, investigations, and inquiries
- To carry out any other duties and functions prescribed by regulation
Safety Note 1
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Safety Note 2
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Safety Note 3
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