Safety coordinators aren’t on their own when it comes to workplace safety. They have an important ally: the joint health and safety committee (JHSC). (The jurisdictions use different terms to refer to a joint health and safety committee, including workplace committee, joint worksite health and safety committee, joint occupational health and safety committee, joint committee and just committee. For simplicity’s sake, we’ll use the acronym JHSC throughout this Special Report to refer to such committees.)
The JHSC is a key component of many OHS programs. One reason is that the OHS laws require most larger companies to establish a JHSC. But a well run JHSC also helps companies minimize the risk of workplace injuries and illnesses.