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Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) Training

Do you have new Joint Committee members who need WorkSafeBC training?  Join us for one of our open sessions.  Upcoming training is scheduled for Wednesday, January 16, 2019. 

The 8 hour course takes place at 8850 River Road, Delta, BC.  Lunch and snacks are included along with free parking.  All participants are entered to win a free F.A.S.T. Basic Emergency Kit!

Space is limited so call Stephanie at 604-940-3222 or email ssmythe@fastlimited.com to book!


Joint Health & Safety Committee Training - General Course Information (for new and existing JHSC members)

The Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) supports the employer’s duty to ensure a healthy and safe workplace. It brings together representatives of the employer and the workers to identify and help resolve health and safety issues in the workplace.  Note:  WorkSafeBC regulations (effective April 3, 2017) are included.

Length: Option of one day or two 1/2 days (total 8 hours of training)

Location:  either at our training facility (located at 8850 River Road, Delta, BC) or yours  (Please note: instructor expenses will be added for areas located outside of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia).

Price:  please contact us at 1-888-710-3278 or email Stephanie at ssmythe@fastlimited for a quotation or to book your training.  

Why take Joint Committee training? 

  • WorkSafeBC requires all worksites in British Columbia with 20 or more employees to have a Joint Health & Safety Committee.
  • Workers Compensation Act Part 3, Division 4 (135) states all Joint Committee members are entitled to 8 hours of training per year.
  • As of April 3, 2017, all new Joint Committee members must receive 8 hours of training on the following topics:
    • duties & functions of a Joint Committee
    • rules of procedure of a Joint Committee
    • requirements around conducting incident investigations
    • requirements around conducting regular workplace inspections & how to make regular inspections
    • requirements around responding to a refusal of unsafe work
    • requirements for annually evaluating the Joint Committee
  • Navigate the regulations of the Workers Compensation Act (WCA) and Occupational Health & Safety Regulation (OHSR) and facilitate their implementation
  • Recommend actions for improvement, and
  • Promote a proactive and generative safety culture within your organization

Course Content

  • Safety Culture
  • Roles and Responsibilities: Employer, Supervisor/Manager, Worker, Joint Committee Member
  • Duties and Functions of a Joint Committee
  • Organization and Administration of a Joint Committee, including Rules of Procedure
  • Refusal of Unsafe Work
  • Bullying and Harassment Legislation Review
  • Joint Committee Effectiveness
  • Hazard Analysis & Risk Assessment
  • Inspections
  • Incident Investigations

An examination is required for this course.

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Additional Information

Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR)
Part 3 - Rights and Responsibilities - effective April 3, 2017.

3.26 - Evaluation of joint committees

Requires an annual evaluation to measure the effectiveness of joint health and safety committees. The regulation sets out a prescribed list of items to be evaluated.


Evaluation tools will become available online that can be used by Joint Committees. Any tool can be used so long that they meet or exceed all the requirements for an evaluation in the OHSR, including the requirement for input of the co-chairs or their designates.

3.27 - Minimum training requirements for new joint committee members or worker representatives

Establishes mandatory minimum training and education for joint health and safety committee members and worker health and safety representatives. A mandatory list of topics is included in the regulation.

New members/worker representatives must receive training within six months of being selected. Joint committee members receive eight (8) hours and worker representatives receive four (4) hours of training. This training is in addition to the annual educational entitlements allowed under the Act.

3.28 - Participation in Investigations

Clarifies the meaning of “participation” in section 174 of the Workers Compensation Act by providing three additional examples of what participation by worker and employer representatives in an employer incident investigation includes.

Participation by worker and employer representatives includes assisting the investigation with gathering and analyzing the information gathered, and identifying corrective actions to prevent recurrence.

For provisions and explanatory notes to the amendments, go to https://www.worksafebc.com/en/health-safety/create-manage/joint-health-safety-committeesWorkSafeBC.