Health & Safety

Do you know you have a JHSC (Joint Health and Safety Committee) ?

The committee is composed of Worker and Employer representatives.

Monthly inspections should be completed.

A Health and Safety Board is required in the workplace.

The committee should be posting a list of representatives, meeting minutes and reports.

For more information please visit: Guide for health and safety committees and representatives | Ontario.ca

Tip sheet for dealing with Governmental Health and Safety Inspectors | Canadian Union of Public Employees (cupe.ca)

 

Please see COVID 19 Resource Links for information regarding the impact of COVID 19 on Health and Safety matters.

Following information provided by Ministry of Labour:

Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act gives workers rights. It sets out roles for employers, supervisors and workers so they can work together to make workplaces safer.

Improve Health and Safety:

  • Find out about your Joint Health and Safety Committee or Health and Safety Representative.
  • Talk to your employer, supervisor, workers, joint health and safety committee or health and safety representative about health and safety concerns.

Workers have the right to:

  • Know about workplace hazards and what to do about them
  • Participate in solving workplace health and safety problems
  • Refuse work they believe is unsafe

Workers must:

  • Follow the law and workplace health and safety policies and procedures
  • Wear and use the protective equipment required by their employer
  • Work and act in a way that won’t hurt themselves or anyone else
  • Report any hazards or injuries to their supervisor

Employers must NOT take action against workers for following the law and raising health and safety concerns.

Employers must:

  • Make sure workers know about hazards and dangers by providing information, instruction and supervision on how to work safely
  • Make sure supervisors know what is required to protect workers’ health and safety on the job
  • Create workplace health and safety policies and procedures
  • Make sure everyone follows the law and the workplace health and safety policies and procedures
  • Make sure workers wear and use the right protective equipment
  • Do everything reasonable in the circumstances to protect workers from being hurt or getting a work-related illness
  • Provide proper Health and safety training and WHIMS training

Supervisors must:

  • Tell workers about hazards and dangers, and respond to their concerns
  • Show workers how to work safely, and make sure they follow the law and workplace health and safety policies and procedures
  • Make sure workers wear and use the right protective equipment
  • Do everything reasonable in the circumstances to protect workers from being hurt or getting a work-related illness.

Contact the 2nd Vice President for more information :

Ann Jenkins: jenkins@cupe5167.org

Call the Ministry of Labour at 1-877-202-0008.

Helpful Links:

Health & Safety Ontario

Ministry of Labour Health & Safety