APRIL 5, 2019

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” –Michael Jordan

In sports, the most successful team franchises are those with shared goals for success, and with good communication between all parties driving the process. The same can be said for health and safety in the workplace.

In Ontario, the Joint Health and Safety Committee is a team environment where all levels of an organization come together to support health and safety excellence.

Ontario workplaces with 20 or more employees are legally required to have a Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) which is the basis for a strong health and safety workplace culture. The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires that at least 1 worker member and 1 management member be certified. Certification training helps members to better understand the Act, workplace roles and responsibilities and the importance of a JHSC; to become champions of health and safety in the workplace.

Having a functioning JHSC ensures a safer workplace for everyone, while sending a strong message that the safety and well-being of the workforce are valued by the employer. It plays an important part in workplace health and safety through the identification of hazards and recommendations on how to control them.

JHSC Certification training requires a member to take from an approved training provider Parts 1 & 2 of mandatory training, which may involve up to 5 days in a classroom. The employer must cover the costs for the training, travel expenses as well as any disruption to business.

Currently, PSHSA provides JHSC Certification training through a number of channels including in-class and Blended options that make the training more accessible, more convenient for the potential committee member, and to ease the burden on the employer.

Blended combines the flexibility of eLearning with the support of classroom instruction. Learners are better prepared and gain deeper knowledge in the classroom portion. It allows the learner to train with less travel and enhance their face to face learning and overall outcomes. For the employer it helps with balancing and budgeting travel and time away from work. Blended learning is becoming an increasingly popular method of instruction and is proven to improve efficiency while personalizing the learning process. It’s a win-win for the learner, the employer, and Ontario workplaces.

It is through this experience as a full channel provider, and as one of only two training providers who offer a Blended format we are well prepared and ready to offer this course in a full eLearning version. From our in-house development expertise to the user experience in registration through to completion, we are ready to bring this new offering to the market.

In summary, The JHSC Certification Part 1 full eLearning program will allow you to take advantage of a number of benefits of eLearning such as: has

  • Round the clock access to online training resources for the learner
  • Convenience for the learner (anytime/anywhere)
  • Self-paced learning
  • Consistent delivery
  • Cost effective – reduced travel and business interruption costs


For more information about achieving compliance with a variety of approved training options, from classroom, blended to eLearning, visit https://www.pshsa.ca/jhsc/