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Joint Health and Safety Committee Training

Why have a Joint Health and Safety Committee?

In British Columbia, Joint Health and Safety Committees are required in workplaces where 20 or more employees are regularly employed or where otherwise required by order.  But is the only reason to have a Joint Committee the fact that we are legally required to have one?

If that is how you feel about Joint Health and Safety Committees, it may help to learn about where they came from and why they were deemed necessary.  We train a lot of Joint Health and Safety Committee members from our offices in Kamloops, and part of our training always deals with the why behind the requirements.  In other words, “what got us here?”  We are safety professionals after all, and a huge part of our job is to look at problems within organizational systems and ask the how and why questions.


As it turns out, the why behind Joint Health and Safety Committees can be traced back to 1974 at the Elliot Lake Uranium mine in Ontario.  It was there that workers went on strike over health and safety concerns arising from high incidents of lung cancer and silicosis.  That’s right, in this pre-right to refuse unsafe work work-scape you had to strike in order to demand a healthy and safe work environment.  The video below explains the events in 1974 well:

Since the events at Elliot Lake, the role of the Joint Health and Safety Committee has evolved and expanded.  Today the duties and responsibilities for committees in BC look like this:

Logo  Identify situations that may be unhealthy or unsafe for workers and advise on effective systems for responding to those situations;

Logo  consider and expeditiously deal with complaints relating to the health and safety of workers;

Logo  consult with workers and the employer on issues related to occupational health and safety and occupational environment;

Logo  make recommendations to the employer and the workers for the improvement of the occupational health and safety and occupational environment of workers;

Logo  make recommendations to the employer on educational programs promoting the health and safety of workers and compliance with this Part and the regulations and to monitor their effectiveness;

Logo  advise the employer on programs and policies required under the regulations for the workplace and to monitor their effectiveness

Logo  advise the employer on proposed changes to the workplace, including significant proposed changes to equipment and machinery, or the work processes that may affect the health or safety of workers;

Logo  ensure that accident investigations and regular inspections are carried out;

Logo  participate in inspections and investigations;

  • carry out any other duties and functions prescribed by regulation.

Joint Health and Safety Committee Training Matters!

With so many duties and responsibilities it is no wonder that Joint Health and Safety Committee member require training to do their jobs effectively.  We have developed a suite of Joint Health and Safety Committee training courses to assist our clients with establishing and maintaining a truly effective JOSH Committee.  We currently offer the following classes for JOSH committee members:


JOSH Committee Fundamentals; learn about:

LogoCommittee roles and responsibilities

LogoCommittee composition

LogoMaking effective recommendations


Hazard Identification; learn about:

LogoIdentification, evaluation, and control

LogoRisk and hazard assessment processes

LogoUnsafe act intervention

LogoRegulatory requirements


Accident Investigations; learn about:

LogoAccidents that must be investigated

LogoPreliminary and full investigations

LogoRegulatory Requirements

LogoHow to draft a accident investigation report


Safety Culture:

LogoCurrent work related to safety and workplace cultures

LogoThe new view vs. the old view of organizational safety

LogoMeasuring safety culture

LogoPositive impacts

Phone our head office at 778-471-6407 or email us at for more information about our Joint Health and Safety Committee Courses.