Certified members of a joint health and safety committee (JHSC) are required to take Refresher Training within three years of becoming certified, and every three years thereafter to maintain their certification. Failure to meet this requirement may result in revocation of a member’s certification status by Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer.
This CPO-approved course reviews core elements of the Part 1 and Part 2 Certification program, covering the following topics:
- The Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations
- The rights, duties and responsibilities of a certified member
- Recognizing, assessing, and controlling health and safety hazards, and evaluating hazard controls
- How to prepare and conduct workplace inspections, and how to report findings to the committee
- Health and safety policies and programs: legal requirements and how to implement them
- Recent updates to health and safety legislation
- Best practices for effective JHSCs
The final evaluation is a 20-question test. To successfully complete the evaluation, participants must score 75 percent or higher.
Certification courses: JHSC Part 1 & Part 2, within three years of certified status expiration
The course is designed for JHSC management and worker representatives who require Refresher training to maintain their certified status.
IMPORTANT NOTICE - Confirmation of Identification:
The instructor will be required to verify participant’s identification by checking valid photo ID prior to the start of the course. Please ensure that you bring one of the following accepted identification credentials with you: Canadian or foreign passport; Canadian citizenship card; Immigration and Refugee Report; Enhanced driver’s licence issued by Ontario; or Ontario Health Insurance Card.
NOTE: Failing to provide the proper credentials will result in a non-completion of the training program and no record of training will be issued.
A certified committee member is eligible to apply for a one-time exemption if they cannot complete a JHSC Refresher course within three years. The exemption form can be accessed on the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development website.
Before starting your application:
- Log onto SkillsPass with the email address you used to create your account.
- Write down your Ministry Learner ID (you will need this to fill out the exemption form).
- Proceed to the Ministry website to access the application form.
- Follow the prompts to work through the application (you will need to click on a verification link that will be sent to your email to work through this process).
Your request must be approved by the Chief Prevention Office before your certification expires. Your request will be reviewed by Ministry staff and processed within 10 business days.
This course is offered through instructor-led live virtual training over half-day sessions via the Zoom meeting platform. Participants will require an active broadband Internet connection (DSL or greater) and a webcam to participate.
To prepare for your upcoming sessions, please test Zoom on the computer you will be using to attend your sessions. Go to ZOOM.US/TEST to make sure this platform works for you.
- A computer or laptop – use your own device to participate fully in the course
- Zoom platform: go to ZOOM.US/TEST on the computer you will use to make sure you can participate
- High speed wi-fi/internet connection
- Microphone and headphones
- A webcam (required for attending this certification course)
- Valid photo ID (driver’s license, passport, health card)
2 days (4 hour sessions)
Material(s) included with this course:
A computer or laptop, Zoom platform, high-speed wi-fi/internet connection, microphone and headphones, webcam (mandatory), valid photo ID.