The pandemic has changed many aspects of life, including the way we work. There has never been a more important time for quality worker health and safety training.
Did you know that employers in federally regulated workplaces have a legal obligation to train their joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members and their health and safety representatives? But not all training is equally effective. When workers and workplace representatives get the right training they need, safer and healthier work follows. Make sure JHSCs are equipped with Worker Health and Safety Center (WHSC) training. Take a proactive approach to compliance and do the right thing, the right way.
Is your workplace federally regulated?
Workplaces under federal jurisdiction include airlines and airports, banks, most Crown corporations, marine services, oil, gas and railroad companies that cross international or provincial borders, mills grain and flour, broadcasting, telecommunications, transportation, mining and exploration.
What does it mean?
Part II of the Canada Labor Code requires all federally regulated employers to take steps to ensure the health and safety of their employees. Employers must provide training for members of joint workplace and policy committees and health and safety representatives, including their responsibilities under the code. By law, JHSCs must play a significant role in policy and program development. Among these, the main ones are the programs for the prevention of occupational risks and violence and harassment at work, their implementation and monitoring. Other legal obligations include workplace inspections, investigation of worker concerns, record keeping, and participating in the implementation of workplace changes that may affect occupational health and safety.
Employers under federal jurisdiction must establish a workplace health and safety committee for each workplace directly under their control and where 20 or more employees are normally employed. Policy health and safety committees must be established when an employer has 300 or more employees. A health and safety representative is required in workplaces with less than 20 employees.
How can you comply?
Worker Health and Safety Center (WHSC) Federal Committees and Representatives – Virtual training meets and exceeds prescribed content and compliance requirements set forth in the code. To support those who need to form new and existing committees and representatives, WHSC has scheduled a two-day training program.
Register today to ensure compliance!
About our comprehensive program
This program reviews participants’ rights and duties under federal health and safety laws and regulations, with particular emphasis on the role and responsibilities of workplace and policy committees. Methods of workplace inspection and incident investigation are discussed, along with strategies for fostering active and confident members of workplace and policy committees. Program updates now emphasize employer obligations to prevent workplace violence and harassment, resulting from changes to the Canada Labor Code regulations. Beyond legal considerations, the program further demonstrates how both levels of health and safety representatives can communicate and work together effectively for change.
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