A Joint Occupational Health and Safety (JOHS) Committee is an advisory group made up of employers and employees working together to improve occupational health and safety in their workplace.
The law requires a JOHS Committee for each employer with 20 or more employees at a worksite.
In worksites with between 9 and 19 employees, a JOHS Committee is not required, but a worker health and safety representative must be appointed.
In HEU, the local executive is responsible for appointing both worker representatives to JOHS Committees, and worker health and safety representatives.
JOHS Committees are one of the most important ways the union can ensure that employers are meeting their health and safety responsibilities.
The union’s right to participate in health and safety is written into the Workers’ Compensation Act (the health and safety law in BC), and into HEU collective agreements.
If you are interested in becoming a worker representative on a JOHS Committee, or a worker health and safety representative in your workplace, talk to your local executive.