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Glossary of Terms

  • Issued: April 20, 2012
  • Content last reviewed: April 2012

Disclaimer: This resource has been prepared to help the workplace parties understand some of their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and regulations. It is not legal advice. It is not intended to replace the OHSA or the regulations. For further information please see full disclaimer.

For the purposes of this guidance document, the meanings of the following terms are described below:

“Agreement” – means a signed and dated statement or letter that the workplace parties agree to a multi-workplace joint health and safety committee that is submitted to the Regional Director as part of a request for an order under subsection 9(3.1) of the OHSA.

“Designated Worker” – a worker who does not have managerial functions or duties and who is not a member of the multi-workplace JHSC, but has been designated by the worker members of the JHSC as provided under subsection 9(3.2) of the OHSA to conduct workplace inspections and assist in the investigation of a work refusal.

“Employer” – in this guidance material the reference to the employer would include to either the “employer” or either the “constructor” as defined by OHSA.

“Minister’s Order” – is a written order of the Minister, issued under subsection 9(3.1) of the OHSA, permitting an employer or constructor to establish and maintain one joint health and safety committee for more than one workplace or parts thereof and which may provide for the composition, practice and procedure of any committee so established.

“Multi-workplace employer” – is a constructor or employer as defined by the OHSA, who carries on business at more than one workplace.

“Supporting information” – refers to additional information the employer/constructor should submit as required by the Regional Director for consideration under subsection 9(5) of the OHSA.

“Terms of Reference” – means a written document which outlines the proposed structure, composition and function of the multi-workplace JHSC that is co-signed by the workplace parties for the purposes of submission to the Regional Director as part of a request for a Minister’s order under subsection 9(3.1) of the OHSA.

“Workplace parties” – refers to the constructor or employer and worker representative(s) including any trade union(s) representing workers

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