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In order to be JHSC certified in Ontario, members must complete certification with a Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) approved training provider.
To be certified, you need to successfully complete:
- JHSC Part 1
- JHSC Part 2 within twelve months of Part 1
- JHSC Refresher Training, which must be completed every three years in order to remain certified*
This 1-day workshop-style, discussion-based course is designed to bring JHSC members up-to-date with the latest regulations. The course reminds members of the various duties and responsibilities of the JHSC. Sessions are complemented by checklists, sample paperwork, and tracking mechanisms for items such as hazard identification, meetings, and inspections.
- Discuss the rights, duties, and responsibilities of certified members and workplace parties
- Recognize and apply changes and/or updates to legislation, standards, codes of practice, and new safety initiatives from the last three years
- Identify methods to evaluate the health of your IRS
- Practice identifying hazards, completing hazard evaluations, and making recommendations
- Create effective action plans
- Create a plan to improve the effectiveness of your JHSC
- Discuss best practices with other JHSC members and adapt JHSC best practices for your workplace
JHSC members who were certified after March 1, 2016
*JHSC Refresher Training is required to maintain JHSC certification for anyone who became certified after March 1, 2016.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is required to complete JHSC Refresher Training?
Members of your JHSC Committee who were certified after March 1, 2016 need to take JHSC Refresher Training in order to maintain their certification.
If you were certified before March 1, 2016, you do not need to take JHSC Refresher Training to maintain your certification. You may still attend the course to review key concepts and learn about updates to health and safety legislation and standards.
When do I need to take the JHSC Refresher Training?
Your first JHSC Refresher must be completed within three years of completing JHSC Part 1 & 2. After that, JHSC Refresher must be completed once every three years from that date in order to remain a certified JHSC member.
How long is JHSC Refresher Training?
Can I get an exemption from taking JHSC Refresher Training?
Yes. A certified member may request a one-time exemption from Refresher Training if they are an active member (i.e. engaged as a member of the workplace JHSC within the past 12 months). This exemption would extend the required period for JHSC Refresher Training by an additional 3 years for the active member.
What happens if I do not take Refresher Training within three years?
If you do not take a JHSC Refresher Training program within three years of completing JHSC Part 2 or a previous JHSC Refresher Training course, and you did not receive a one-time exemption, your certification may be revoked by the CPO. If your certification is revoked, you will have to re-take Certification Training (i.e. JHSC Part One and Part Two Certification Training courses and JHSC Refresher training) in order to be re-certified.
Do I have to take JHSC Refresher Training with an Approved Provider?
Yes. In order to maintain your certification, your Refresher Training must be conducted by a provider whose program has been approved by the Ministry of Labour's Chief Prevention Officer (CPO). OSG's JHSC Refresher is approved by the CPO.