The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) sets out specific requirements for the establishment, structure and function of Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees (JOHSCs) in Ontario workplaces. A JOHSC is an advisory body that is made up of both worker and management members who work together to address and promote health and safety in the workplace. It is intended to provide a forum in which health and safety issues within an organization can be brought forward for discussion and resolution. The Committee is responsible for identifying workplace hazards and making recommendations to the employer for the improvement of health and safety. The Occupational Health and Safety Act outlines the functions of the Committee which include:
Humber recognizes the important role of Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees have in ensuring and promoting a healthy and safe working and learning space for our Humber community. As Humber is a large educational institution with two campuses and many satellite facilities, we, in consultation with our OPSEU locals, have established eight JOHSCs to ensure that local health and safety issues are identified and addressed in a timely and effective manner. The eight JOHSCs are:
Each of these local JOHSCs are made up of worker (Faculty and Support Staff) and management (Administration) members who work together to improve health and safety.