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1 UNDE National Health and Safety Conference September 28, 2012 Bargaining Agent Expectations of Representatives

2 Overall Objective To be an effective and informed advocate for our members and to ensure the employer is carrying out their duties under the Canada Labour Code and Regulations. To be an effective and informed advocate for our members and to ensure the employer is carrying out their duties under the Canada Labour Code and Regulations.

3 What is a Work Place Health and Safety Committee? When employer and employee representatives are involved in a range of activities having an impact on health & safety in the workplace they represent. When employer and employee representatives are involved in a range of activities having an impact on health & safety in the workplace they represent.

4 1/9/2014 9:47:11 AM1/9/2014 9:47:11 AM1/9/2014 9:47:11 AM4 Canada Labour Code Part II and the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations These are found at the JUSTICE.GC.CA website Regulatory Requirements covering federal work, undertaking or business Provisions to establish Work Place Health and Safety Committees Provisions to establish Policy Health and safety Committees

5 Workplace Health and Safety Committee Section Section Every employer shall establish, for each work place at which 20 or more employees are normally employed, a workplace health and safety committee. - employer and employee representation consisting of at least two persons and half of the members are employees who do not exercise managerial functions. - committee co-chairs (could be more than two). - If there are less than twenty employees, a Health and Safety representative is appointed.

6 Canada Labour Code Part II (Policy Health and Safety Committee.) - Every employer who normally employs directly 300 or more employees shall establish a policy health and safety committee. - Management and employee representatives. - Bargaining agents select their representatives. - Two Co-chairs appointed. - Records of meetings. - Meetings held quarterly.

7 EXPECTATIONS Be Well Informed (Code and Regulation Requirements) Be Well Informed (Code and Regulation Requirements) Establish Solid Terms of Reference Establish Solid Terms of Reference Be Assertive When Dealing With Actions To Be Taken Be Assertive When Dealing With Actions To Be Taken We Are On An Equal Footing With Management and Should Not Feel Intimidated We Are On An Equal Footing With Management and Should Not Feel Intimidated

8 EXPECTATIONS contd. This Is Work And Is To Be Treated As Such This Is Work And Is To Be Treated As Such Shall participate in the implementation and monitoring for the prevention of hazards (Job Hazard Analylis and Work Place Inspections) Shall participate in the implementation and monitoring for the prevention of hazards (Job Hazard Analylis and Work Place Inspections) Shall Participate in All Investigations Shall Participate in All Investigations

9 Work place committee Shall participate in the development and monitoring of a program for the prevention of hazards by educating employees (HPP) Shall participate in the development and monitoring of a program for the prevention of hazards by educating employees (HPP) Shall participate in all inquiries, investigations, studies and inspections Shall participate in all inquiries, investigations, studies and inspections

10 Work place committee If required shall consult with professionals or technically qualified personnel; If required shall consult with professionals or technically qualified personnel; Shall be involved in the provision of personal protective clothing, devices or materials; Shall be involved in the provision of personal protective clothing, devices or materials; Shall ensure that proper records are maintained on work accidents, injuries and health hazards; Shall ensure that proper records are maintained on work accidents, injuries and health hazards;

11 Work place committee Shall co-operate with H&S Officers Shall co-operate with H&S Officers Shall participate in the implementation that may affect work processes and procedures Shall participate in the implementation that may affect work processes and procedures Shall assist the employer with investigations and assessing the exposure of employees to hazardous substances Shall assist the employer with investigations and assessing the exposure of employees to hazardous substances

12 Work place committee Shall inspect the work place on a monthly basis Shall inspect the work place on a monthly basis Shall participate in the development of health and safety policies if required Shall participate in the development of health and safety policies if required H&S committees may request from the employer any information that the committee considers necessary in respect to materials, processes, equipment or activities H&S committees may request from the employer any information that the committee considers necessary in respect to materials, processes, equipment or activities

13 Work place committee Committees shall have access to all reports, studies and tests relating to H&S of the employees except for personal medical records Committees shall have access to all reports, studies and tests relating to H&S of the employees except for personal medical records Committees will meet at least nine times per year Committees will meet at least nine times per year

14 1/9/2014 9:47:11 AM1/9/2014 9:47:11 AM1/9/2014 9:47:11 AM14 Summary Education Education Canada Labour Code and Regulations Canada Labour Code and Regulations Hazard Prevention Program Hazard Prevention Program HRSDC Labour Interpretations/Policies/Guidelines HRSDC Labour Interpretations/Policies/Guidelines NJC Directives NJC Directives

15 1/9/2014 9:47:11 AM1/9/2014 9:47:11 AM1/9/2014 9:47:11 AM15 Summary contd. At Meetings At Meetings Start With a Good Solid Terms of Reference Start With a Good Solid Terms of Reference Have All Materials at Meetings Have All Materials at Meetings Alternate Chairing the Meetings and Challenge if not in Agreement Alternate Chairing the Meetings and Challenge if not in Agreement Sign Off on Minutes Only When Satisfied Sign Off on Minutes Only When Satisfied

16 1/9/2014 9:47:11 AM1/9/2014 9:47:11 AM1/9/2014 9:47:11 AM16 Summary contd. In The Workplace In The Workplace Ensure WPI are taking place MONTHLY Ensure WPI are taking place MONTHLY Ensure PPE is Being Used Ensure PPE is Being Used Set The Example Set The Example Take The Lead (even though mgt. Resp.) Take The Lead (even though mgt. Resp.) Have Materials At Hand (Bookmark all Sites) Have Materials At Hand (Bookmark all Sites) Network with Others Network with Others

17 1/9/2014 9:47:11 AM1/9/2014 9:47:11 AM1/9/2014 9:47:11 AM17 Summary Cont. Where to Get Help Where to Get Help Regional and National Conferences Regional and National Conferences Regional Committees Regional Committees PSAC Regional Rep Respopnsible for H&S PSAC Regional Rep Respopnsible for H&S Federations of Labour Committees Federations of Labour Committees Health and Safety Centres (BC & Ont) Health and Safety Centres (BC & Ont) Make Use of The Internet Make Use of The Internet Maintain Contact with other H&S Activists Maintain Contact with other H&S Activists

18 References: -Canada Labour Code Part II - Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations - Canada Centre for Occupational Health and Safety - HRSDC – Labour Program


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