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Review: Multi-Workplace Joint Health and Safety Committees

  • Issued: October 6, 2014
  • Content last reviewed: October 2014

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The Ministry of Labour has launched a review of Minister’s Orders that permit multi-workplace joint health and safety committees (MJHSCs). A MJHSC is a single joint health and safety (JHSC) committee, established and maintained for more than one workplace, each of which would normally require its own JHSC. This exception from the normal requirements must be permitted by a Minister’s Order.

This review will ensure that existing MJHSCs meet at least the minimum applicable requirements of Section 9 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and meet the criteria in the ministry’s Multi-Workplace Joint Health and Safety Guidance. The ministry is implementing this review to ensure that MJHSCs stay current, reflect the workplaces or organization’s structure, and continue to protect worker health and safety.

MJHSCs should operate in a functional manner that contributes to a strong workplace internal responsibility system.

Stakeholders will receive a letter from the ministry when their MJHSC Minister’s Order is scheduled for review outlining the required next steps. All new Minister’s Orders, including those reissued as part of the review process, will be granted for up to maximum of five years, with the possibility of renewal if the MJHSC continues to meet the ministry’s criteria.

If you have any questions, please contact the ministry’s Health and Safety Contact Centre at 1-877-202-0008.

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