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Wilfrid Laurier University Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management
September 23, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Joint Health and Safety Committee

Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to providing a safe and healthy work and educational environment for all of its employees and students. To fulfill this commitment, the University will take every precaution reasonable for the protection of a worker by minimizing hazards, preventing personal injury or illness, protecting the environment and developing a strong health and safety culture.

The JHSC is an advisory group of worker & management representatives and functions within the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and all applicable Regulations, guidelines, and standards. Laurier has two multi-workplace JHSC's. One joint for Laurier's Waterloo campus and Laurier's Ktichener location and one  for Laurier's Brantford Campus. As a function of the multi-workplace structure, this committee also includes the addition of Auxiliary Worker Members (AWM's) under each committee. All are key players in the Internal Responsibility System (IRS).

The JHSC shall have:

  1. At least 50% of the members, who do not exercise managerial duties, shall be selected by the workers being represented, unless otherwise stated in the applicable union constitution or by-laws, with all bargaining/employee units being represented.
  2. The remaining members, who exercise managerial duties, will be appointed by the Principal/Vice President of Laurierís Brantford campus.

All members will be asked to serve a minimum three-year term on the committee and must attend Basic Certification Training. There will be no restrictions on the number of terms a member may serve.


  1. Ensure workplace inspections are conducted monthly.
  2. Identify situations that may be a source of hazard or danger.
  3. Review health and safety concerns.
  4. Make recommendations for the improvement of health and safety.
  5. Obtain information respecting health and safety experience, work practices and standards, the identification of hazards, and be consulted on workplace tests for the purpose of occupational health and safety.
  6. Recommend the establishment, maintenance and monitoring of programs, as well, measures and procedures respecting health and safety.
  7. Designate a level 2 certified worker member, and an alternate level 2 certified worker member, (refer to Work Refusal Process) to attend a work refusal or work stoppage, investigate a critical injury or fatality, attend beginning of occupational health and safety testing, if required, and accompany Ministry of Labour inspectorís investigations and inspections of the workplace.
  8. Review annually Laurierís environmental and occupational health and safety policies, programs and appendices. Their review shall include effectiveness, and JHSC membersí OHSA responsibilities, including Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and Designated Substances Regulations. Confidentiality will be maintained, as required.
  9. Ensure that all members, including Auxiliary Worker Members, have adequate training in workplace inspection and the designated member(s) have specific training on the right to refuse unsafe work.


AWMs are employees who do not exercise managerial duties that are selected by the workers being represented, unless otherwise stated in the applicable union constitution or by-laws. AWMís will complete committee duties, as assigned by the committee.

Their duties may include the following:

  1. Perform monthly workplace inspections according to JHSC inspection requirements.
  2. Attend accident scenes and participate in accident investigations.
  3. Attend work refusals.
  4. Accompany a Ministry of Labour inspector and a level 2 certified member of JHSC during an inspection.
  5. Participate in JHSC training as identified by the JHSC.
  6. Keep all staff in their workplace informed whenever possible.
  7. Promote and encourage high standards of workplace health and safety.
  8. Identify and record potential and actual hazards associated with buildings, equipment, processes and practices during their day to day activities.

Laurier workplaces may have one or more AWMís, where deemed necessary, regardless of the presence of a JHSC worker member in that workplace. Although AWMís are non-voting members of the JHSC, they shall receive JHSC correspondence and may attend JHSC meetings:

  1. When requested by a JHSC Co-Chair.
  2. Upon request of the AWM, when a particular issue related to their work area is on the agenda and they have approval from a JHSC Co-Chair to attend.

To view Laurier Waterloo/Kitchener's JHSC documents Cick Here.

To view Laurier Brantford's JHSC documents Click Here.