Effective JHSC, Protecting Your Bottom Line


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Introductory presentation about the legal requirements for JHSC in Ontario with tips and recommendations to make it effective.

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Effective JHSC, Protecting Your Bottom Line

  1. 1. Effective Joint Health & Safety Committees Dave McCormick, Karen Galipeau,Industrial Health & President Safety Practice Leader Pam Saddlemeyer, Chantal Van Maren,Operations H&S Consultant Manager
  2. 2. Effective Joint Health & Safety Committee Is it making a positive impact on your bottom line?
  3. 3. Our Objective Today 1. Understand the Internal Responsibility System  Interlocking duties, obligations and rights 2. Structure of an effective JHSC  Everyone has a role 3. Tips for working with management  Make the impact on lives and profit Demonstrate how the JHSC can be a voice worth hearing
  4. 4. How we help companies –“Responsive” • Experience: 25+ years • Advise: Understanding WSIB ratings, premiums and NEER statements, legislative guidance  helped save $1000s for clients • Action: workplace assessments, claims management, staffing solutions Offsetting WSIB premiums with rebates, and effective use of temporary staffing
  5. 5. The Facts 20 or more Regularly Employed Employees Toxic Substance On-Site MOL Issued Designated Substances Less than 50 Regularly Employed Employees 2 Certified Members More than 50 Regularly Employed Employees 4 Certified Members 50/50 Split Worker & Management Representatives
  6. 6. Part 2 – Specific Hazard Training • Lock-out Tag-out: Clear procedures ensure safety, protect equipment, and minimizes downtime • Confined Spaces are in almost any workplace  i.e.: silos, vats, hoppers, utility vaults, tanks
  7. 7. Powers, Functions & Duties • Consult • Confidentiality • Identity • Meet and discuss • Entitlement • Document
  8. 8. Worker Members are Special • Specified additional functions and duties • Responsible to participate in monthly workplace inspections • Critical injury: MOL Director • Work refusal: Accompany the inspector • Health & Safety testing: right to be present
  9. 9. Effective JHSC • Communication: Common language • Participation: Share perspectives and experiences • Teamwork: All levels of employees work together • Problem Solving: Methods of resolving conflicts
  10. 10. Structure By Law + • 1 worker Co-Chair & 1 Management Co-Chair • For workplaces with 20-50 employees regularly employed
  11. 11. $70,000 Fine, Is it worth it? BURLINGTON, ON, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - The TDL Group Corp. was fined $70,000 on February 2, 2009, for a health and safety violation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. During an investigation into an injury at the company's warehouse on Wyecroft Rd. in Oakville, a Ministry of Labour inspector found the company did not have a joint health and safety committee in place for its workers. The TDL Group Corp. pleaded guilty to failing to establish and maintain a joint health and safety committee at the workplace. The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Dennis Lee in the Ontario Court of Justice, Burlington. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge on the total, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.
  12. 12. Appoint Administrator Agendas Quorum Minutes Reports Compile Notify Distribute Document & File
  13. 13. Terms of Reference? • Put it in writing • Outline responsibilities • State the group’s purpose • Determine what authority the JHSC will have • How you plan to keep records • When you will have your meetings • Detail why resolutions were made
  14. 14. Quorum, Decisions & Organization • Even number of workers and management • Organize to make the best use of time and give time to prepare and distribute • Vote or consensus, which works best?
  15. 15. The Key to it all: Resources You can’t know everything, so… • Know where to find the information • Know who is available for advice • Have information easily accessed • Keep it up-to-date • Assign knowledge experts in your workplace
  16. 16. Resource Examples • First Aid treatment stats • Employee surveys • Inspection reports • Health surveys • Accident reports • External reports
  17. 17. Internal Resources Records ready for the MOL Inspector  Are they in order by date?  Filled completely?  Signed by management rep?  Signed by worker rep? Analyze the data  Location of injury  Time of accident  Years of service and training of worker
  18. 18. Recommendations from the JHSC - Specific - Measureable - Achievable - Results Oriented -Timely
  19. 19. The Written Plan • Photographs or sketches of hazard • Details on accidents/incidents • Process description • Workplace layout
  20. 20. Summary • Be Clear • Support freely • Have high expectations • Provide resources • Take the JHSC seriously • Provide guidance and mentorship
  21. 21. Questions? Ask your Pivotal representative to help offset your premium costs, lower your risk of potential injuries and accidents or how to create a new health and safety program that meets all compliance requirements… Learn more about WSIB and Pivotal at www.pivotalsolutions.com