Joint Health and Safety Committee Related Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR) Changes

Published on: December 21, 2016

On December 14, 2016, the Board of Directors approved the following new sections to the OHSR:

  1. Section 3.26: Requires an annual evaluation to measure the effectiveness of joint health and safety committees;
    Approved amendments with explanatory notes
  2. Section 3.27: Establishes mandatory minimum training and education for joint health and safety committee members and worker health and safety representatives;
    Approved amendments with explanatory notes
  3. Section 3.28: Clarifies the meaning of “participation” in section 174 of the Workers Compensation Act by providing three additional examples of what participation by worker and employer representatives in an employer incident investigation includes.
    Approved amendments with explanatory notes

The Board of Directors approved the new sections to the OHSR after carefully considering feedback from stakeholders during the public hearings consultation period. To view the feedback, click the following links:

  • Section 3.26 Evaluation of Joint Committees
  • Section 3.27 Minimum training requirements for new joint committee members or worker health and safety representatives
  • Section 3.28 Participation by employer or representative of employer and worker representative

The new sections come into force on April 3, 2017. You may view the complete resolution here.