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Joint Worksite Health and Safety Committee / Health and Safety Representative Training Course

 

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Alberta Workers’ Health Centre halted the delivery of the in-person Health and Safety Committee (HSC) / Health and Safety Representative (HS Rep) Training Course. We took this precautionary measure to ensure the health and safety of our workers and the participants we reach through this training program. We will be monitoring the spread of the virus and will resume the in-person Training Course offering once it has been determined safe and advisable to do so.

In the meantime, we are excited to announce the launch of the online version of the same course. Click on “register now” or “calendar view” for details and upcoming course dates.

 

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Recent changes to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation include mandatory Joint Worksite Health and Safety Committees (HSC’s) or Health and Safety Representatives (HS Reps), depending on the number of workers, for work expected to last 90 days or more.

This means that while some Alberta workplaces have had HSC’s for years, it is new for many workplaces, and new for many workers and employers who now play an important role in making their workplaces safer and healthier.

This is an eight (8) hour online course (this includes two fifteen (15) minute and a 1-hour lunch break) that will cover the fundamental skills required for effective participation as an HSC member or HS Rep. This course is delivered by experienced and engaging facilitators who can provide you with “rules and tools” that will help you in your role on the HSC or as the HS Rep. This course will allow participants to learn about and practice fundamental skills for effective committee/representative participation in the workplace.

The course will cover the legal requirements of HSC and HS Reps and the responsibilities for co-chairs (the “rules”) and provide some hands-on practice with key principles you can apply in your workplace (the “tools”).

The Alberta Workers’ Health Centre is an Approved Training Agency, designated by the Alberta Ministry of Labour and Immigration to deliver HSC and HS Reps Training pursuant to s. 29(1) and 29(2) of the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act.

In this course participants will learn about:

  • Obligations of Work Site Parties
  • OHS Rights of Workers
  • Functions of HSC’s and HS Reps
  • Roles & Responsibilities of Co-Chairs on HSC’s and HS Reps
  • Principles of Hazard Identification, Elimination and Control

Disclaimer: We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule the course date if the minimum spots required for course delivery are not met.

This course meets Alberta’s mandatory minimum training requirements effective January 31, 2020. This training course meets the requirements of section 201 of the OHS Code, as the AWHC is an approved training agency in accordance with Section 83 of the OHS Act. While this course is mandatory for HSC co-chairs and HS Representatives, if you are a member of an HSC (but not a co-chair) you could take this course as part of your annual training entitlement, in accordance with sections 29 and 30 of the OHS Act.

 

In-house Training

If any of our publicly offered dates do not work for you, or you prefer training to be delivered at your workplace or organization, please click here and fill out form.