In Health & Safety Awareness Training, Industry News by Wes Mazur

On October 1, the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) established new Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Standards. The Program and Provider Standards will become effective March 1, 2016, which means that any JHSC members wishing to become certified after that date must do so under the new Standards.

Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSC) represent workers and the employer at a workplace. Their primary role is to identify workplace health and safety problems and bring them to the attention of the employer.

Under the training and other requirements; to become certified, a JHSC member must, subject to other requirements and conditions, complete both Part One and Part Two of a CPO-approved JHSC certification training program delivered by a CPO-approved JHSC certification training provider; and will be required to take a refresher training program every three years to maintain their certification. Members certified under the 1996 Standards continue to be certified and will not be subject to additional requirements to maintain their certifications, including refresher training. The 1996 Certification Standards will remain in effect until February 29, 2016.

In order to deliver JHSC Certification Training as of March 1, 2016, all training providers (including existing approved providers and potential providers) will need to apply to the Ministry of Labour for CPOapproval under the new JHSC Certification Training Standards. Approvals granted will be effective March 1, 2016.

Training providers approved under the 1996 Standard can continue to provide JHSC training under the 1996 Standard until February 29, 2016, and will be required to re-apply to the CPO under the new JHSCProgram and Provider Standards in order to continue delivering JHSC training.

As of March 1, 2016, JHSC members who have completed only Part 1 under the 1996 Standard will have to complete Part 2 under the new Standards in order to be certified, and will be required to take Refresher training to maintain their certification.

Application submissions to the CPO opened on October 1, 2015. A list of all CPO-approved JHSCcertification training providers will be posted to the Ministry of Labour website as they are approved.

Complete information is available on the ministry Joint Health and Safety Committee web page.