Certified Worker Training
In Ontario, the Occupational Health and Safety Act protects workers’ health and safety in their workplace. The cornerstone of the Act is the internal responsibility system, which relies on workers, employers and others carrying out their individual responsibilities for occupational health and safety in their workplace. This concept is based on the principle that the workplace parties themselves are in the best position to identify health and safety problems and to develop solutions. Ultimately, the aim is to prevent illnesses and injuries from occurring.
The Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) is made up of employees who represent workers and management. The JHSC identifies existing and potential hazards and makes recommendations to the employer about their control or elimination.
Certified JHSC members can contribute to the reduction in both the human and financial costs of workplace illnesses and injuries in Ontario. The human costs include the suffering of the injured worker and their families. The financial costs include the cost to the organization, to the health care system and to society.
Certification of designated JHSC members is a requirement under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act for most workplaces with twenty (20) or more workers. Certification is a two-part process:
Basic Certification Training
Workplace Specific Hazards Training.
The Basic certification program consists of five modules:
Health, Safety and the Law
Workplace Health & Safety
Joint Health & Safety Committees
First Response is able to offer an Instructor led training over a two day period (Basic Certification), scheduled to suit your calendar.
This training program is designed to provide JHSC members who need to be certified with the knowledge and skills to effectively carry out their roles in the internal responsibility system.