In accordance with recent changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) has the authority to establish standards for training programs and training providers and to approve programs and providers that have met these standards.
Effective April 1, 2012, the CPO also has the authority to establish training requirements that a Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) member must meet and to certify a member that has met these requirements. Committee members who have been certified by the WSIB prior to April 1, 2012 are deemed to have been certified by the CPO.
The CPO has reviewed the standards for training programs and training providers set out in the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) document entitled "Certification Standards for Joint Health and Safety Committees, May 1996" updated January 2007 (the Certification Standards Document).
The CPO has established the standards set out in the Certification Standards Document as the training standards for training programs and training providers for the certification of JHSC members.
The CPO has also established these standards as the training requirements that committee members must meet in order to become certified.
The Certification Standards Document [490 Kb] is available on the Ministry of Labour (MOL) web site, and should be read and interpreted with necessary modifications. For example, references to the WSIB should be read as references to the CPO or the Ministry of Labour, as appropriate.
The CPO has reviewed the current list of WSIB-approved JHSC training programs and providers and has approved these programs and providers in respect of the certification of JHSC members. The list of CPO-approved training programs and providers is available on the Ministry of Labour (MOL) web site.
The CPO, WSIB, and the occupational health and safety system partners continue to work closely together to ensure a seamless transition for this, and other prevention programs.
Until further notice, the WSIB will continue to administer the process for JHSC certification training.