Joint health & safety committees
The joint health and safety committee supports the employer's duty to ensure a healthy and safe workplace. The joint committee brings together representatives of the employer and the workers, in equal number, to identify and help resolve health and safety issues in the workplace. WorkSafeBC provides training materials for joint health and safety committee members.
You need to establish and maintain a joint health and safety committee if your workplace has 20 or more workers. In smaller workplaces, a worker health and safety representative may be enough. See OHS Guideline G-D4-126-1 Variations in joint committee requirements for more information.
Joint health and safety committees are required to meet at least once each month to:
- Participate in identifying unsafe situations or practices and advise on solutions
- Address health and safety complaints from workers
- Consult on broader health and safety issues
- Make recommendations around health and safety improvements and educational programs, and monitor the effectiveness of those programs
- Advise on programs and policies required under the OHS Regulation and monitor their effectiveness
- Advise on proposed changes to the workplace (e.g., machinery or equipment) or work procedures that may affect the health and safety of workers
- Ensure that incident investigations and regular workplace inspections are carried out as required by the OHS Regulation
Monitoring other programs
In addition to its general health and safety program, your workplace might also have other programs in place to protect workers. Some examples include a WHMIS program, an emergency plan, or a confined spaces entry program.
Your committee needs to review all of these programs at least annually to ensure they are effective. If the programs need improvement, your committee should recommend changes.