12 Months of Safety
December 2022

Joint Health and Safety Committee

The Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) supports the employer to create a safe and healthy workplace for everyone. The committee includes representatives from the employer and  the workers - who come together to identify workplace health and safety issues and propose solutions.

All workplaces with twenty (20) or more workers need a joint committee. Workplaces with more than nine (9) employees, but less than twenty (20) must have a worker health and safety representative.

The joint committee or worker representatives play a critical role in your occupational health and safety management program. It provides a way for employers and workers to work together to identify workplace hazards and find solutions. Joint Health and Safety Committees can:

  • Identity unhealthy or unsafe situations and advise on potential solutions
  • Consider complaints related to health and safety
  • Consult with the workers and the employer on occupational health and safety (OHS) matters
  • Make recommendations for improvements to health and safety
  • Advise the employer on changes to equipment, environment, or processes that may impact the health and safety of workers
  • Participate in inspections and investigations

Joint Health and Safety Committee Resources and Tools


Joint Health and Safety Committee

Course

A Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) is a primary component of any employer’s Occupational Health and Safety management system. The JHSC provides its members with the fundamentals and tools to carry out their duties effectively and is a legal requirement for all BC workplaces with 20 or more employees. This course is designed for new and experienced JHSC members and alternates.

Joint Health and Safety Committee Model

Guidebook

A Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) is a primary component of any employer’s occupational health and safety management system. It helps to address one of the basic rights of workers, the right of participate in workplace health and safety. JHSC have been a legal requirement for all BC workplaces with 20 or more workers […]
Joint Health and Safety Committee

Quick Reference Card

A JHSC is a primary component of any employer’s Occupational Health and Safety Management system. It helps to address one of the basic rights of workers, the right to participate in workplace health and safety. A JHSC has been a legal requirement for all BC workplaces with 20 or more workers since 1977.

Safety Culture 101

Course

Take an active role in making your workplace healthy and safe. in this 90-minute online course for frontline employees, Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) professionals, members of OHS committees, and supervisors and managers: Learn the difference between safety climate and culture. Understand how safety culture fits into your corporate culture. Recognize the benefits of a strong safety culture. Plan ways to strengthen your own organization’s safety culture.
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Faq

Section 37(2) (previously 131(2)) of the Act requires a joint committee to meet at least once a month. A JHSC must develop its own Rules of Procedures, which should include rules on how and when meetings will be held. Historically, most JHSC meetings were held in person, but the Act does not prevent teleconference or […]