Company’s Well-Functioning ‘Umbrella’ JHSC Complied with OHS Law


A company had an “umbrella” JHSC for nine locations within one “territory.” A federal OHS official ordered it to establish JHSCs for each location because an umbrella JHSC wasn’t effective given the company’s size. On appeal, the federal OHS Tribunal ruled that the company had been using a one JHSC/one territory approach for more than 10 years without objection from OHS officials and with the union’s agreement. And a recent audit concluded that the JHSC functioned well. Thus, there was no basis for the order [Bell Canada v. Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, [2011] OHSTC 21, Aug. 22, 2011].