A workplace with more than nine (9) but less than twenty (20) workers must have a worker health and safety representative. Workplaces with over twenty (20) workers must have a joint health and safety committee (JHSC).
Worker health and safety representatives have a critical role in your health and safety management system. They work closely with workers and the owner/operator to identify potential health and safety and develop solutions. A worker health and safety representative can:
- Identifying unsafe and unhealthy work conditions and providing recommendations on how to resolve them
- Dealing with complaints relating to OHS issues
- Consulting with workers and the employer on OHS issues
- Recommending OHS improvements to the employer and workers
- Recommending and monitoring OHS education
- Advising the employer on what OHS policies and programs are required
- Monitoring the effectiveness of these OHS policies and programs
- Advising on proposed changes to the workplace
- Ensuring inspections and accident investigations are carried out as required
- Participating in inspections, investigations, and inquiries
All worker health and safety representatives appointed after April 3, 2017, must receive four hours of training annually. Additionally, they must be given eight (8) hours of leave per year to attend occupational health and safety (OHS) training.