Safety Committees: A to Z
One of the key changes to the OH&S Legislation coming to Alberta in June is the addition of the Joint Health and Safety Committee for employers.
As this has not been a common requirement to this point, there is a lot of confusion out there.
So, let's clarify things a bit:
When do I need to have a committee?
Any work site that has more than 20 workers for over 90 days will require a Health and Safety Committee.
So if we're under 20 employees, we're off the hook?
Nope, sorry. Sites with 5-19 workers for over 90 days will require a Health and Safety Representative to cover all the same duties the committee would.
What are these duties?
The Health and Safety Committee (or Representative) will have several responsibilities: completing or reviewing all inspections, hazard assessments and incident reports; working with management to continually improve work site safety by being the communication bridge between the employer and the workforce.
How do you decide who is on it?
Typically management selects 2 managers or supervisors to represent them on the committee. The rest of the committee is comprised of workers selected by their peers. There should be a representative selection (at least one member from each work group or department). There must be at least as many worker members
as there are management.
What training does the committee require?
Training should cover the duties of the committee, and how to complete inspections, hazard assessments and investigations. The Alberta government has stated there will
be a 2 day course for committee members, but at this time
the course has not be released.
If you have any other questions about setting up or managing a Health and Safety Committee contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-216-1785.