The employer and workers have a shared responsibility for workplace health and safety. The employer has the final authority and responsibility. In most Canadian jurisdictions a health and safety committee is required by law.
A health and safety committee, comprised of worker and management representatives who meet regularly. It brings the internal responsibility system into practice.
This infographic released by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety outlines the requirements and good practices for an effective health and safety committee.
The Worker and Management representative often meet to:
Discussing the resolution to concerns,
Participating in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs,
Monitoring workplace inspections,
Participating in the investigation of incidents,
Making recommendations to employers,
Following up the progress made and monitor program effectiveness.
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