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Appendix B: Training and Other Requirements

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 establish requirements for certification of persons for the purposes of the OHSA and to certify persons under section 7.6 who meet those requirements.

Specifically, pursuant to section 7.6 of the OHSA, the CPO has the authority to establish training and other requirements a joint health and safety committee member shall fulfill in order to become a certified member, and to certify a committee member who fulfils those requirements.

On April 1, 2012, the CPO established the standards 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") as the training requirements that committee members must meet in order to become certified. These standards continue to be in effect until February 29, 2016.

Committee members who have successfully completed Part One and Part Two training under the 1996 JHSC Certification Standards prior to March 1, 2016 will be considered for certification by the CPO pursuant to the training and other requirements established by the CPO on April 1, 2012. Members who have not yet been certified by the CPO under the 1996 JHSC Certification Training Standards, but who have successfully completed Part One and Part Two training under the 1996 JHSC Certification Standards prior to March 1, 2016, may submit confirmation of their successful completion of Part One and Part Two training to the CPO until April 30, 2016 to be certified pursuant to the training and other requirements established by the CPO on April 1, 2012. After April 30, 2016, committee members may not submit evidence of successful completion of training under the 1996 JHSC Certification Standards in order to become certified by the CPO.

Committee members who have been deemed to be certified by the CPO or certified by the CPO under the 1996 JHSC Certification Standards will maintain their certifications after March 1, 2016.

In accordance with the authority set out in section 7.6 of the OHSA, and effective March 1, 2016, the CPO is establishing the following training and other requirements a committee member must fulfill in order to become a certified member.

As of March 1, 2016, the CPO may certify committee members who fulfill the training and other requirements set out in either Part A or Part B:

A. General training and other requirements for committee members seeking certification

The committee member must meet the requirements set out in paragraphs A1-3:

  1. Complete a JHSC Certification Part One Training Program that:
    1. is approved by the CPO under subsection 7.1(2) of the Act as meeting the Ministry of Labour Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Program Standard, dated October 1, 2015; and
    2. is delivered by a training provider approved by the CPO under subsection 7.2(2) of the Act as meeting the Ministry of Labour Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Provider Standard, dated October 1, 2015.
  2. Complete a JHSC Certification Part Two Training Program that:
    1. is approved by the CPO under subsection 7.1(2) of the Act as meeting the Ministry of Labour Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Program Standard, dated October 1, 2015; and
    2. is delivered by a training provider approved by the CPO under subsection 7.2(2) of the Act as meeting the Ministry of Labour Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Provider Standard, dated October 1, 2015; and
    3. provides training in a minimum of 6 hazards relevant to the committee member’s workplace; and
    4. subject to an extension that may be granted by the CPO in accordance with paragraph A4, is completed within 6 months of one of the following dates, as applicable:
      1. The date that the committee member completed a JHSC Certification Part One Training Program that met the requirements of paragraph A1; or
      2. The date that the committee member completed a JHSC Certification Refresher Training Program, that:
        1. met the requirements of paragraphs C1 i-ii; and,
        2. was delivered within 3 years of the committee member completing a JHSC Certification Part One Training Program that met the requirements of paragraph A1.
  3. Take Refresher Training in accordance with the requirements and timeframes set out in Part C to maintain their certification.
  4. The CPO may, within 6 months of the committee member’s completion of a JHSC Certification Part One Training Program, grant a one-time 6 month extension for the completion of a JHSC Certification Part Two Training Program.

B. Training and other requirements for committee members who have only completed Part One training under the 1996 JHSC Certification Training Standards prior to March 1, 2016.

Committee members who have successfully completed Part One training under the 1996 JHSC Certification Training Standards prior to March 1, 2016 may submit proof of successful completion of that training, and in addition, must meet the training and other requirements set out in paragraphs B1 -2:

  1. Complete a JHSC Certification Part Two Training Program that:
    1. is approved by the CPO under subsection 7.1(2) of the Act as meeting the Ministry of Labour Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Program Standard, dated October 1, 2015; and
    2. is delivered by a training provider approved by the CPO under subsection 7.2(2) of the Act as meeting the Ministry of Labour Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Provider Standard, dated October 1, 2015; and
    3. provides training in a minimum of 6 hazards relevant to the committee member’s workplace.
  2. Take Refresher Training in accordance with the requirements and timeframes set out in Part C to maintain their certification.

C. REFRESHER TRAINING REQUIREMENT FOR ALL COMMITTEE MEMBERS CERTIFIED UNDER THE TRAINING AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS ESTABLISHED BY THE CPO, effective March 1, 2016.

Committee members who have been certified by the CPO pursuant to the training and other requirements set out in Part A or B above, must take Refresher Training in accordance with the following requirements and timeframes to maintain their certification:

  1. Subject to paragraphs C2-5, a certified member must complete a JHSC Certification Refresher Training Program within three years of being certified by the CPO; and thereafter, within three years of the date of successfully completing a JHSC Certification Refresher Training Program, that is:
    1. approved by the CPO under subsection 7.1(2) of the Act as meeting the Ministry of Labour Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Program Standard, dated October 1, 2015; and
    2. is delivered by a training provider approved by the CPO under subsection 7.2(2) of the Act as meeting the Ministry of Labour Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Provider Standard, dated October 1, 2015.
  2. The member may apply for an exemption pursuant to paragraph C3 from the CPO, from the requirement to take JHSC Certification Refresher Training in accordance with paragraph C1, within 3 years of one of the following dates, as applicable:
    1. the date that the committee member became certified; or
    2. the date that the committee member last completed a JHSC Certification Refresher Training Program after becoming certified.
  3. The CPO may grant an exemption from JHSC Certification Refresher Training to a certified member:
    1. who has applied for the exemption in accordance with paragraph C2; and
    2. who has served as a committee member within 12 months of applying; and
    3. who has not previously been granted an exemption by the CPO for Refresher JHSC Certification Training.
  4. If an exemption is granted under paragraph C3, the certified member must complete a JHSC Certification Refresher Training Program that meets the requirements of paragraphs C1 i-ii within 6 years of one of the following dates, as applicable:
    1. the date that the committee member became certified; or
    2. the date that the committee member last completed a JHSC Certification Refresher Training Program after becoming certified.
  5. At the time the CPO denies a certified member an exemption, the CPO may allow the certified member to complete a JHSC Certification Refresher Training Program within a specified period.
  6. Failure to complete the JHSC Certification Refresher Training requirements within the timeframes specified in paragraphs C1, C4 and C5 will result in the member no longer being certified.

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