If your workplace has 20 or more workers employed for longer than a month, yes, you need a joint occupational health and safety committee. Give our health and safety advisor a call for further details on how provincial regulations can impact your company.
This is a common question, as business owners are busy and provincial regulations can be challenging to understand. Businesses are unique and have their own specific safety needs, contact our health and safety advisor for help on what plans, policies and procedures your company should have in place for due diligence.
If you're an employer, you are responsible for first aid at your workplace. To help determine whether your company is required to have a first aid attendant(s) and what certification level they should have a first aid assessment should be completed and the results compared to Worksafe BC's Schedule 3-A: Minimum Levels of First Aid. Give our advisor a call for help with your first aid questions on attendants, required certification level, assessments and procedures needed.
That's a great question and it's a good idea to start with a risk assessment to capture the work activities, environment and jobs where there's the potential for heat stress. Implementing a heat stress prevention plan can help reduce and prevent the effects of heat stress at work, for those workers that may be exposed to heat that exceeds safe limits.
The committee plays a key role in identifying and finding resolve for health and safety hazards and concerns in the work environment and educated members on their role and the role of the committee would be a good start. Worksafe BC has a starter online course as a first step for new members. This course is 2 hours (approx) and meets only part of the 8 hour requirement. For further training options and help with understanding Worksafe BC's Joint Health and Safety Committee requirements, give our office a call 778-345-5984.