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Joint Health & Safety Committee Certification 1 (JHSC 1) - MOL Announces New Standard Effective March 1, 2016 - 2 Days


October 1, 2015 - MOL Announces New Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) Certification Standard

On October 1st, the Ministry of Labour announced the new JHSC standard that will affect many workplaces in Ontario with more than 20 employees.


What are the changes?

The 1996 Certification Standards remain in effect until February 29, 2016 and the new standard begins on March 1, 2016.


The minimum hours for training are:

Part One training - three days (or 19.5 hours), used to be 2 days

Part Two training - two days (or 13 hours), used to be minimum 1.5 days

Refresher training - one day (or 6.5 hours), this is a new requirement


JHSC training can only be taken by an MOL approved training provider and must be taken within 6 months of each other.


What if I am certified before March 1st?

Certified JHSC members who completed both Part 1 and Part 2 training under the 1996 standard prior to March 1st will continue to be certified and will not be required to complete any further training under the new JHSC Certification Standards, including the Refresher training.  You are certified for life.  


What if I am not certified before March 1st?

Certified JHSC members who completed both Part 1 and Part 2 training under the new 2016 standard after March 1st will need to complete refresher training every 3 years.


What if I have completed Part 1 training before March 1st but not Part 2?

As of March 1st, JHSC members who have completed only Part 1 training under the 1996 standard will have to complete Part 2 training under the new 2016 standard in order to be certified, and will be required to take refresher training to maintain their certification.  Refresher training will need to be completed every 3 years.


How does this affect me?

The changes will result in 5 mandatory training days versus the minimum 3.5 days now.  This will increase your costs and in turn will have a loss of productivity.  As part of the new standard it will be mandatory to complete refresher training every 3 years.


Click here for more details New JHSC Standard or call one of our Health & Safety Advisors at

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Course Length - 2 Days (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day)

Provincial employers in Ontario employing 20 or more regularly employed workers must have a Joint Health and Safety Committee consisting of at least two certified members.

Effective committees can assist the employer in reducing the risk of occupational illness and injury.

Completion of OSG’s JHSC Certification Part 1 training program is the first step in becoming a Certified Member of your JHSC. OSG is authorized by the WSIB as an approved provider of Part I Certification training.

The JHSC course is broken down into the following content modules:


Continuing Education Credits:

 The current course contains 13 hours of professional development training. 
 Call us to assist you in attaining credits.


The current course contains 13 technical hours and may be eligible for

BCRSP CM points. Go to to find out more.


JHSC 1 Course Material:

Participant manual, Occupational Health and Safety Act, A Guide to the Act, A Guide for Joint Health and Safety Committees and Representatives in the Workplace, WHMIS A Guide to the Legislation.
Many resources and additional forms are provided in the participant manual, test and record of attendance

Legislative Reference:

Occupational Health and Safety Act ss. 9(2)(a), 9(12)
9. (2)A joint health and safety committee is required,
(a) at a workplace at which twenty or more workers are regularly employed;
9. (12)Unless otherwise prescribed, a constructor or employer shall ensure that at least one member of the committee representing the constructor or employer and at least one member representing workers are certified members

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