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New Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Training Standards

  • Issued: October 1, 2015
  • Content last reviewed: October 2015

Section 22.3 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act ("OHSA") provides that the Minister of Labour shall appoint a Chief Prevention Officer ("CPO") to, amongst other functions and responsibilities exercise the powers and perform the duties with respect to training that are set out in sections 7.1 to 7.5 of the OHSA.

Specifically, pursuant to section 7.1 of the OHSA, the CPO has the authority to establish standards for training programs required under the OHSA or regulations and to approve training programs which meet those standards; and, pursuant to section 7.2 of the OHSA, the CPO has the authority to establish standards that training providers shall meet in order to become an approved training provider, and to approve training providers who meet the standards with respect to one or more approved training programs.

In accordance with the authority set out in sections 7.1 and 7.2 of the OHSA, and effective March 1, 2016, the CPO is establishing the Ministry of Labour Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Program Standard, dated October 1, 2015, as the standard a certification training program must meet to be approved by the CPO, and the Ministry of Labour Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Provider Standard, dated October 1, 2015, as the standard a person must meet to become a CPO approved training provider with respect to an approved certification training program.

Until March 1, 2016, the standards established by the CPO for Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Training on April 1, 2012 remain in effect.

Specifically, 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 (“1996 JHSC Certification Training Standards”) are in effect until February 29, 2016.

Effective immediately, applications will no longer be accepted for approval of certification programs or providers under the 1996 JHSC Certification Training Standards.

Applications may be made immediately for approval from the CPO of programs and providers under the Ministry of Labour Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Program Standard, dated October 1, 2015; and the Ministry of Labour Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Provider Standard, dated October 1, 2015. Approvals granted will be effective March 1, 2016.