Alberta Joint Health and Safety Committee Training – Classroom

Course Duration

2 Days



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The Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act establishes minimum standards for healthy and safe practices in Alberta workplaces, including the establishment of a joint health and safety committee (JHSC).

Effective June 1, 2018 employers with 20 workers or more at a work site lasting 90 days or more are required to have a JHSC. Health and safety committees are comprised of worker and employer representatives working together to maintain and/or improve health and safety conditions in the workplace. JHSCs act as advisory bodies and promote awareness and interest in health and safety.

Committees have several duties that are designed to assist the employer in reducing worksite injuries and illness:

  • Identifying potential worksite health and safety hazards and risks
  • Receiving and addressing health and safety concerns
  • Making recommendations to the employer or prime contractor respecting the health and safety of workers
  • Promoting workplace programs and practices designed to protect the health and safety of persons at the work site
  • Cooperating with an OHS officer exercising duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS Act), the Regulations and the OHS Code
  • Inspection of the work site
  • Participating in investigating serious incidents at the worksite.

Occupational Safety Group’s program will provide JHSC members the knowledge and tools required to support the employer and worker in preventing occupational illness and injury on the worksite.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the legislated roles of workplace parties
  • Navigate health and safety legislation
  • Explain the right to know, participate, and refuse
  • Describe the purpose, legal requirements for, and rights and duties of the JHSC and its members
  • Describe how a functioning JHSC works
  • Describe the basic process of recognizing, assessing, controlling, and evaluating hazards
  • Explain hazard recognition and the process of workplace inspections
  • Describe methods of hazard assessment, control, and evaluation
  • State the requirements for investigating accidents


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Legislative Reference

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act

Part 3 Joint Work Site Health and Safety Committees and Health and Safety Representatives

16(1) An employer shall establish a joint worksite health and safety committee

(a)  if the employer employs 20 or more workers and work is expected to last 90 days or more

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