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:
- Identify 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