A Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee is a committee of worker and employer representatives that work jointly (equal representation) to help create and promote safe and healthy workplaces. A joint OH&S committee is one way employees exercise their right to participate in OH&S at their worksites. Requirements for Joint OH&S Committees are contained in both the Workers Compensation Act (Section 125-140) and the collective agreements. The Workers Compensation Act describes the specific duties and functions committees have. Joint OH&S Committees meet at least once per month. The number of worker (union) representatives on a Joint OH&S Committee must be equal to or greater than the number of employer representatives. Each union has its own process to identify and select worker representatives.
Joint OH&S Committees are a cornerstone for effective Occupational Health and Safety Programs, providing a forum for collaboration, consultation, and participation in workplace health and safety.
Joint OH&S Committees are one way that workers exercise their right to participate. Workers are knowledgeable about the OH&S concerns in their workplaces and how to fix them. It’s through Joint OH&S Committees that workers have input into solutions that make their workplaces safer and healthier.
To be successful in promoting workplace health and safety and helping to maintain an effective OH&S program,
Joint OH&S Committee members need education and training on a range of OH&S topics.
The BCNU OH&S department staff teaches a one-day course in Joint OH&S Committee function for members and stewards
who are on Joint OH&S Committees.
BCNU OH&S department staff also assist Joint OH&S Committee members with OH&S research and problem solving around committee concerns.
To find out who the OH&S representative is at your worksite and how to contact her or him, talk to your steward or regional representative.
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