Joint Occupational Health and Safety Course FAQ
What is JOHS?
A joint health and safety committee is an advisory group required under the JOHS Act. The committee is made up of management and worker representatives who work together to identify health and safety problems in the workplace and recommend solutions. Members meet regularly to discuss health and safety concerns, make recommendations to the employer and follow up on the progress made.
When is a committee required?
Joint committees are generally required in workplaces where:
- 20 or more workers are regularly employed; or a toxic substance order applies
- A designated substance regulation applies (e.g., a regulation for lead or isocyanates).
- If your company employs more than five but fewer than 20 workers, you may be required to have a health and safety representative, not a committee.
Are there specifics that must be followed when forming a committee?
The details for forming a committee are quite specifics and are outlined in the training course.
What is a certified member?
A certified member is a worker or management committee member who has received special training in occupational health and safety and has been certified by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).
What are the functions and powers of the committee?
The JOHS Act sets out certain functions and powers that apply to the committee as a whole, and specific duties and powers that applies to worker members. Some of the committee’s key functions are to:
- identify hazards in the workplace (hazard identification is done through such activities as
- workplace inspections
- accident investigations and information analyses)
- make recommendations to the employer on health and safety issues and on programs and
What are the duties and powers of worker members?
Certain legal duties and powers apply specifically to worker members of the committee.
What are the responsibilities of the employer?
There is a general duty on the employer to cooperate with and help the joint committee to carry their responsibilities.
How frequently must the committee meet?
Committees are required by the Act to meet at least once every three months.
How does this online workshop differ from just reading a book?
Our workshops include graphics, tips and real world examples, all designed be both engaging and entertaining.
How long should it take me to complete an individual workshop?
Participants usually complete them in around 2 – 3 hours in total. The type of internet service provider that you have may alter this as well.
I’m not comfortable using computers, will it be difficult?
No, the workshops have been designed in association with IT professionals and are fitting to all computer skill levels.
If I cannot finish all the training at once, can I finish from where I left off later?
Yes, when you exit a module before completing it, a bookmark is automatically placed; which means there’s no need to worry about finishing the workshop all at once. The system allows you to log-on and log-off at your convenience so you can progress through the training at your own pace, even if you used a different computer. It is available 24 hours a day
Should I take any course notes?
Yes, it is advisable to take notes as you work through each module to help you with the test at the end of the module.
Will I get a certificate?
Yes, if you score 80% or higher, we will send you a certificate to confirm that you have completed the online workshop.