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Instructors available

7 days a week
6am-10pm
Office hours
9am-4pm Monday-Friday

The two-hour online portion is available for free on the WorkSafeBC Website, then our instructors are available to come to your location to complete the 6 hour in class component for a group price of $1600 (up to 12 participants) or have individual rates of $175.00 per participant (4 minimum)

We do offer public courses at our Kamloops and New Westminster locations.

Please email info@foundationsfirstaid.ca for further information

Joint Health and Safety Committee Training

Facilicated Training in accordance with WorkSafeBC for new members of the Joint Health and Safety Committee to learn structure, roles and workplace procedures within the to ensure workplace safety. 

Mandatory Facilitated Training

The requirements for mandatory training are different for joint committee members and worker health and safety representatives.

Joint Health and Safety Committees

All joint committee members selected on or after April 3, 2017 must receive eight hours of training and instruction on the following topics:

* The duties and functions of a joint committee
* The rules of procedure of the joint committee
* The requirements around conducting incident investigations
* The requirements around conducting regular workplace inspections, and how to make regular inspections
* The requirements around responding to a refusal of unsafe work
* The requirements for annually evaluating the joint committee

Our instructors adhere to the WorkSafeBC requirements to satisfy the necessary reports, forms and investigations of the JHSC.

BACKGROUND

1. Explanatory Notes
Section 125 sets out the requirement for a joint committee in certain circumstances. Section 127 sets out membership requirements.

2. The Act
Section 125:

An employer must establish and maintain a joint health and safety committee

(a) in each workplace where 20 or more workers of the employer are regularly employed, and

(b) in any other workplace for which a joint committee is required by order.

Section 127:

A joint committee for a workplace must be established in accordance with the following:

(a) it must have at least 4 members or, if a greater number of members is required by regulation, that greater number;

(b) it must consist of worker representatives and employer representatives;

(c) at least half the members must be worker representatives;

(d) it must have 2 co-chairs, one selected by the worker representatives and the other selected by the employer representatives.

POLICY
A joint health and safety committee is an important prevention tool. People who work at a particular workplace and who are knowledgeable or trained in the operations of that workplace can make a positive contribution to preventing workplace injuries and illnesses.

Section 125 expands the requirement for joint committees significantly beyond what was required prior to the implementation of the Workers Compensation (Occupational Health and Safety) Amendment Act, 1998. In administering section 125, the Board will be mindful of the intent evidenced by this expansion.

(a) Section 125(a)
Section 125(a) requires a joint health and safety committee “in each workplace where 20 or more workers of the employer are regularly employed”. A workplace will fall within the terms of this provision if the employer has 20 or more workers who have been employed at the workplace for a period of not less than one month.

All workers are considered for this purpose regardless of how the employer or workers may define their status.

The 20 or more workers must be at one workplace before a committee is required under section 125(a). The fact that the employer may have 20 or more workers spread over several workplaces is not sufficient. However, the Board may order that a committee be established in such a case if warranted under the criteria set out below.

(b) Section 125(b)
Before an officer may order the establishment of a committee under section 125(b), the officer must be satisfied that a committee is required to deal with common health and safety issues arising at the workplace. The officer must consider:

* the nature of the hazards at the workplace;
* the extent and effectiveness of the employer’s occupational health and safety program;
* the availability of alternative ways of dealing with the health and safety issues arising at the workplace;
* whether a worker health and safety representative has been appointed;
* the number of workers at the workplace; and
* any other relevant circumstances.

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EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 1999
AUTHORITY: s.125, Workers Compensation Act
CROSS REFERENCES: See also Joint Committees – Worker Health and Safety Representatives (Item D4-139-1<https://www.worksafebc.com/en/law-policy/occupational-health-safety/searchable-ohs-regulation/ohs-policies/policies-for-the-workers-compensation-act#SectionNumber:D4-139-1>)
HISTORY: Housekeeping changes effective September 15, 2010 to delete practice reference and make formatting changes.
APPLICATION:
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Worker health and safety representatives

All worker health and safety representatives selected on or after April 3, 2017 must receive four hours of training and instruction on the following topics:

* The duties and functions of a joint committee
* The requirements around conducting incident investigations
* The requirements around conducting regular workplace inspections, and how to make regular inspections
* The requirements around responding to a refusal of unsafe work

Policies Workers Compensation Act Part 3 Division 4 – Joint Committees and Worker Representatives
https://www.worksafebc.com/en/law-policy/occupational-health-safety/searchable-ohs-regulation/ohs-policies/policies-for-the-workers-compensation-act#SectionNumber:D4-135-1
Policy Item D4-125-1

RE: Joint Committees – When a Committee is Required