Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee Basics

Joint Occupational Health & Safety (JOHS) committees are a cornerstone of effective health and safety programs. They facilitate members’ rights to participate collaboratively with the employer in reducing the toll of occupational injury, disease and violence on members. JOHS committees are legally mandated by the Workers Compensation Act and are a provision of our collective agreements. JOHS committees have a range of duties including the ability to inspect workplaces, investigate OHS concerns, and make recommendations to employers. In this interactive one-day course, JOHS committee representatives learn about the crucial role they play in creating and maintaining safe, healthy worksites for all members.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the appointment process
  • List your rights as a worker representative
  • Complete your responsibilities as a worker representative
  • Participate effectively in a JOHSC meeting
  • Reference related legislation to support your worker responsibilities

List of Topics

  • Worker Representative rights and responsibilities
  • Committee meeting best practice
    • Agenda
    • Terms of Reference
    • Incident Report Review
    • Decision Making
    • Minutes
    • 21-day letter recommendation
  • Legislation review

Course Format:

One-day blended learning course. 


To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Be designated as a BCNU Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC) Representative.
  • Have completed the required eight hours training from your employer in accordance with section 3.27 of the OHSR
  • Attendance of at least one JOHSC meeting prior to the course date is preferred

Priority acceptance will be given to applicants who have satisfied all pre-requisites. 


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UPDATED: July 04, 2024
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