Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) is publicly releasing the:
It is anticipated that the JHSC Certification Training Standards will come into effect in early 2015. In the meantime, the current Certification Standards for Joint Health and Safety Committees, May 1996 [490.4 Kb], (updated January 2007) remain in effect.
The purpose of the 2014 standards is to promote high quality and consistent training of certified members in Ontario. The 2014 standards and certification requirements would include:
The 2014 standards were initially developed by the Certification Review Committee (CRC), led by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). The CRC received input from stakeholders including employers, labour and training providers.
The Ministry of Labour continued work on the standards after prevention responsibilities were transferred from the WSIB in 2012.
The ministry kept the intent and spirit of the standards developed by the CRC, while at the same time examining their alignment with the ministry mandate and responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
The ministry has continued to engage a cross section of stakeholders throughout the development process and has considered the feedback received from employers, labour groups and training providers.
Key highlights of the 2014 JHSC Certification Training Program Standard include:
Key highlights of the 2014 JHSC Certification Training Provider Standard include:
To support ongoing learning for certified members, it is anticipated that the CPO will also establish certification requirements that would require those trained under the 2014 standards to take refresher training, or receive a one-time exemption for an active certified member, within three years of certification to maintain certification status.
Focus groups on specific aspects of the training, such as Part Two sector hazards are planned to begin this spring across all sectors, beginning with the mining sector. The mining focus groups would be held in conjunction with a comprehensive mine health, safety and prevention review led by the CPO.