What is a JHSC?

JHSC Certification Part 1A joint health and safety committee is composed of worker and employer representatives. Together, their goal is to be mutually committed to improving health and safety in the workplace. Every Ontario business with 20 or more regular employees is required to have a JHSC in place. The members of all Joint Health & Safety Committees must be trained in common workplace hazards found in their particular place of work. In order to ensure the training standards maintain a high level of quality and consistency, the Ministry of Labour has implemented a new training standard beginning March 1, 2016.

The advantage of a joint committee is that the in-depth practical knowledge of specific tasks is brought together with the larger overview of company policies, and procedures. Another significant benefit is the enhancement of cooperation among all parts of the work force toward solving health and safety problems.

The JHSC assists with:

  • Recognizing workplace hazards.
  • Evaluating the risk of accidents/incidents, injuries and illness.
  • Developing and implementing programs to protect the employees’ safety and health.
  • Responding to employee health and safety complaints and suggestions.
  • Maintenance and monitoring of injury and work hazard records.
  • Monitoring and follow-up hazard reports and recommending actions.
  • Setting up and promoting programs to improve employee training and education.
  • Participating in safety and health inquiries and investigations, as appropriate.
  • Consulting with professional and technical experts.
  • Resolving workplace refusals and work stoppages.
  • Recommendations to management for accident prevention and safety program activities.
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of safety programs and procedures.

With the new MOL training standard beginning March 1, 2016 PSHSA have received MOL approval for our new JHSC Certification Training Part 1 & JHSC Certification Part 2! Starting March 1st, 2016 PSHSA will be training under the new Ministry of Labour (MOL) standards.

The 1996 JHSC training standards remain in effect until the new training standards come into force March 1, 2016. The requirements for the new JHSC training standards will not be applicable to anyone who received their certification under the current 1996 training standard.

There will be a 2-month transition period from March 1, 2016 to April 30, 2016 for employers and training providers to submit their final 1996 JHSC Part 1 Learner tests and Part Two Workplace Hazard-Specific Training Confirmation forms to the MOL.

After April 30, 2016 the MOL will not accept submissions for certifications under the 1996 Certification Training Standard.

The New Standard – What’s Different

  • The certification process will take five days with the minimum duration of the training programs being set in the standard:
    • Part 1 Training – 3 days or 19.5 hours
    • Part 2 Training – 2 days or 13 hours
  • The standard now requires a Refresher every three (3) years to maintain your certification status. This refresher must be 1 day or 6.5 hours.
  • JHSC members will be required to complete JHSC Part 1 and 2 Training within a 6 month period by an approved provider.
  • Part 2 training will be formalized; requiring the training program to be approved as well as the training provider. There is a requirement of a minimum of 6 hazards to be included in the Part 2 training.
  • There is now a requirement of a minimum of 6 participants in a class to a maximum of 25 participants.

Ministry of Labour JHSC Announcement

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JHSC Standard

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What Has Not Changed?

  • The requirement to have one worker and one management JHSC member certified.
    See the Ministry of Labour JHSC committee requirements here.
  • Part 1 training requirement is generic to all workplaces required for both employer and worker certified members, regardless of workplace sector. It includes health and safety legislation and general duties of JHSC members and certified members.
  • Part 1 training delivered by an approved provider.
  • Part 2 training on the hazards relevant to their own workplaces covering the concepts of hazard recognition, assessment, and control, and evaluation of hazard controls.

Why Choose PSHSA?

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PSHSA will be offering Blended Certification training which combines online modules and classroom training. The advantage of blended training is the eLearning component allows you to complete the modules on your own time at your own location. Blended learning is becoming an increasingly popular method of instruction and is proven to:

    • Improve efficiency
    • Personalize the learning process

Learner Centered Delivery

PSHSA approaches training using personalized workplace experience scenarios. Attendees learn about hazards specific to their actual workplaces in a guided and individual approach. JHSC course facilitators provide the instruction and framework but each participant can learn based on what’s most relevant to their work environment. This approach enhances the knowledge and skills needed to meet learning objectives and requirements of the JHSC Training Program Standard.

Sector Specific Expertise

PSHSA trainers have expertise in the hazards faced by public sector workplaces. The hazard specific modules PSHSA has developed for part 2 certification were identified by our employer and labour stakeholders as those that pose the greatest risk to workers in each of our sectors- Education and Culture; Emergency Services; Government and Health & Community Services.

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Certification Part One

Appropriate for all sectors, this program is the first part of the training process for individuals to be certified under guidelines established by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and enforced by the Ministry of Labour.

View our Training Calendar for Certification Part 1 scheduled health and safety training sessions.

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Certification Part Two

As the second part of the JHSC certificate process, Sector Specific Certification assists JHSC members with issues particular to their work environment.

To complete Part Two of Certification, both management and worker members of the JHSC must receive training in the significant hazards found in their workplaces. Modules include MSD, chemical agents, biological agents, slips, trips and falls, and workplace violence.

We work with Ontario’s Public and Broader Public Sector and have Part 2 training embedded with hazard information specific to Health Care, Education and Government operations.

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Other Effective Health and Safety Training Considerations

An Introduction to the Joint Health and Safety Committee

Its important to understand the role of the JHSC and why it exists. This downloadable Fast Fact is a helpful introduction for organizations that have experienced growth and now require a JHSC. The Fast Fact outlines the reason why a JHSC needs to exist as well as issues related to the structure of the JHSC and rights.


Joint Health and Safety Committee Seminar

Once you have taken your JHSC training, learn how to take your skills and knowledge to the next level within your organization. Learn about ways to build an effective JHSC team and how to establish the benefits of its role within your workplace. Register your employees for a half-day seminar to help JHSC members, supervisors, managers, employers, and other workers understand the role of the JHSC with creative and effective approaches. Contact our Customer Care team to book an on-site session: 416-250-2131 or 1-877-250-7444.

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