The purpose of this Standard is to provide minimum criteria for the development and delivery of approved training programs.

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), certified members of the JHSC or a designated worker member have the right to investigate or to be present during the investigation of dangerous circumstances. Furthermore, the certified employer and certified worker members can act together and direct the employer to stop the work or stop the use of any part of a workplace or of any equipment, machine, device, article or thing. The OHSA also states that “if possible”, the worker certified member of the JHSC or a designated worker member should be assigned to conduct workplace inspections. Certified members may also be involved in other duties such as:

  • participating in work refusals, fatalities and critical injury investigations;
  • attending the beginning of workplace testing;
  • reviewing employer compliance with an inspector’s orders; and
  • unilateral work stoppages in certain circumstances.

Certified members play an essential role in the Internal Responsibility System (IRS) for the occupational health and safety of Ontario workplaces. To be effective in these duties, these members need a broad foundation of knowledge. As such, the learning outcomes in the Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) Certification Training Program Standard provide a framework that includes familiarity with workplace hazards that can be applied to the member’s specific workplace.

Training on all the hazards that might be found in a particular workplace is not required to become certified. However, an understanding of the recognition, assessment, control, and evaluation process in identifying hazards provides certified members with skills to apply their knowledge to contribute to the IRS for a healthy and safe workplace.

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