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When the Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) Doesn’t Agree

Sometimes, even the most well-oiled JHSC may disagree. Disagreements may include: What constitutes a hazard How to control a hazard Whether or not a recommendation is required The nature of the recommendation Responsibility for implementing the recommended control Disagreeing can…

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Terms of Reference – a Guide for Effective Joint Health & Safety Committees (JHSC)

What is a Terms of Reference? A terms of reference is a written statement that describes the function of the joint health and safety committee (JHSC) and outlines the procedures that the JHSC will follow. Why does the JHSC need…

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Medical Marijuana – Undue hardship in the Context of a Safety Sensitive Workplace

Ontario’s Human Rights Code (the “Code”) protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination in the context of employment. In that regard, the Code requires employers to accommodate individuals with disability-related needs, up to the point of “undue hardship”. Accommodating an employee…

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Onboarding and Offboarding Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) Members

When JHSC members join the committee, it’s often with little fanfare. When members finish their tenure on the committee, they normally leave without fanfare as well. Sometimes, JHSC membership term lengths are defined in the “Terms of Reference,” and other…

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Onboarding and Offboarding Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) Members

When JHSC members join the committee, it’s often with little fanfare. When members finish their tenure on the committee, they normally leave without fanfare as well. Sometimes, JHSC membership term lengths are defined in the “Terms of Reference,” and other…

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Proper Follow-up Procedures for Joint Health & Safety Committee Workplace Inspections

Workplace inspections are one of the primary functions of the Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC). Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, s.9(23), the JHSC must designate a worker member to inspect the workplace. If possible, the worker should…

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Proper Follow-up Procedures for Joint Health & Safety Committee Workplace Inspections

Workplace inspections are one of the primary functions of the Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC). Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, s.9(23), the JHSC must designate a worker member to inspect the workplace. If possible, the worker should…