As of March 1, 2016, the new Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) Certification training program standards become mandatory for all Ontario workplaces with 20 or more employees. The new standards replace 1996 training standards.
Workplace Safety North has been officially approved by the Ministry of Labour (MOL) as a provider of Part 1 and Part 2 of the JHSC Certification training programs under the new standards. WSN’s three-day JHSC Certification Part 1 program provides a general overview of legislated requirements and methods to recognize, assess and control hazards and evaluate hazard controls. Our Certification Part 2 training courses focus on specific sector hazards and give JHSC members the knowledge and skills to play their key role in recognizing, identifying and controlling those hazards.
To register for approved JHSC Certification Part 1 or 2 or for more information, contact Workplace Safety North at 1-888-730-7821 or 705-474-7233 extension 0. To discuss the requirements of the new Certification training standards, contact the Ministry of Labour at 1-800-531-5551.
Top 3 things to know about new JHSC Certification training law in Ontario
1. Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act in Ontario, most workplaces with 20 or more employees must have a Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC), with at least one committee member representing workers, and one committee member representing the employer, and each must possess JHSC certification. This is not a new requirement; however there are changes to what the certification process looks like.
2. Under the new standard, there are three JHSC Certification Courses: Part 1, Part 2 and Refresher training.
a. Part 1 training is a minimum three days in length and includes such topics as occupational health and safety law, rights, duties and responsibilities of the workplace parties, along with duties and responsibilities of JHSC members.
b. Part 2 training is a minimum of two days in length and focuses on the concepts of hazard recognition, assessment and control, and evaluation of hazard controls; as applicable to relevant hazards in your workplace.
c. JHSC members granted certification status after March 1, 2016, require one day of Refresher training every three years to retain their certified status. An exemption for an active member allows the refresher period to be extended, one time only, to six years, in order to maintain certification status.
3. Learning continuity: Parts 1 and 2 of training must be completed within six months of each other; a one-time application for extension due to extenuating circumstances is available through the MOL.
Joint Health and Safety Committees - Ontario Ministry of Labour