Resources & FAQ

Joint Health & Safety Committee Fundamentals

When must an employer establish a Joint Health and Safety Committee?
  • When a workplace has 20 or more employees, or
  • When required by order – WorkSafeBC.
When must the Joint Health and Safety Committee (joint committee) Fundamentals be completed?
  • As a joint committee member, the training must be completed within the first six months. The training material is required to be 8 hours in length.
How many members are required to establish a joint committee?
  • A minimum of four members with equal worker and employer representatives is required: 2 co-chairs, one selected by the worker and the other by the employer representatives.
Who elects the members of the joint committee?
  • The workers will elect the worker representatives. The employers select the employer representatives. If the workplace is unionized, the election process must align with the union agreement for the worker-representative election process.
Am I allowed additional training after my first year as a joint committee member?
  • Yes, all joint committee representatives are allowed at least 8 hours each year after the first year of a relevant occupational health and safety course.

Workplace Inspection

What is the requirement for workplace inspections?
  • All workplaces require a workplace inspection, including buildings, structures, grounds, excavations, tools, equipment, machinery, and work methods and practices, and completed at regular intervals. Certain high-risk activities that may not be regularly scheduled work should be included to observe work methods and potential areas of improvement to the processes.
What do special inspection requirements mean in OHS Regulation?
  • When there is a malfunction or accident – it is required to complete a special inspection by the employer.  Some examples of this type of inspection could be due to failure or potential failure of equipment or damage – it could have caused property damage or impacts to workers’ health and safety that require further investigation.

Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment 

Why is it important to understand how to develop a proper hazard identification?
  • It is a requirement to identify hazards within your workplace and migrate these hazards. It is essential to understand how to identify the risks and implement the hierarchy of controls when assessing the required controls.
Why is understanding how to develop a proper risk assessment critical?
  • Understanding the risks of your organization and workplaces is critical to properly evaluating your risks. It is a requirement by specific professional bodies such as EGBC for specific risk rating projects, and particular parts of the OHS Regulations require the completion of a risk assessment (some examples are emergency response preparedness).

Contractor Management

What are the Owner's requirements?
  • The Owner needs to provide all the existing hazards of the worksite or workplace; if the Owner does not wish to be a Prime Contractor, the Owner will hire a competent and knowledgeable contractor to complete the task – the Prime Contractor designation would need to be in writing.
What are the Prime Contractor requirements?
  • The Prime Contractor oversees the project. Ultimately responsible for the health and safety – including all contractors, visitors, and any individual who comes to the designated worksite.
What is the difference between a contractor and a worker?
  • WorkSafeBC highlights the difference between a contractor and a worker. The crucial part is understanding if they operate under a specific registered business and have WCB coverage.
Why is it essential to have a strong contractor management understanding and program?
  • The Owner needs to provide all the existing hazards of the worksite or workplace; if the Owner does not wish to be a Prime Contractor, the Owner will hire a competent and knowledgeable contractor to complete the task – the Prime Contractor designation would need to be in writing.

Other Health & Safety Training

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