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Title: Welcome To The Joint Occupational Health And Safety Committee Appointments 2013 Course


1
Welcome To The Joint Occupational Health And
Safety Committee Appointments 2013 Course
Presented By The BCGEU
2
the BCGEU OHS Committee Appointments 2013
  • Current 3 year terms for BCGEU OHS committee
    members and worker representatives must be
    renewed for December 01, 2013 to November 30,
    2016
  • Local chairs, 1st and 2nd vice chairs will canvas
    worksites to reappoint committee members or
    identify new appointees

3
Appointments 2013
  • Local chairs and 1st vice chairs will work with
    stewards, other committee members and area staff
    representative to make appointments
  • 1st vice chairs are responsible for OHS for the
    local
  • Chairs and vice chairs will receive basic OHS
    information to increase their knowledge and
    skills in OHS

4
Appointments 2013
  • Chairs, vice chairs and area staff will be
    provided with materials to assist with the
    appointment process
  • This session will provide an opportunity to give
    feedback on responsibilities, processes and
    materials

5
Housekeeping
  • Name Cards
  • Sign-In Sheet
  • Washrooms
  • Emergency Exits
  • Parking
  • Please turn off Cell Phones/Blackberries
  • Breaks/Lunch

5
6
Housekeeping
  • First Aid Attendant
  • Common Courtesies
  • Materials
  • Personal Action Plan
  • Follow-up items

7
Session 1
  • Introductions

8
Session 1 - Introductions
  • Introduce yourselves
  • Your local and position
  • Are you on your workplace OHS committee?
  • Your OHS experience

9
Introductions
  • Small group exercise
  • Expectations
  • What do you hope to take away from today's
    session?

10
Agenda
  • Introductions
  • OHS Rights
  • OHS Legislation
  • Joint OHS Committees
  • Committee appointments and reappointments
  • Why?
  • When?
  • Who?
  • How?

11
Course Objectives
  • At the end of this course you will
  • Have an understanding of basic OHS legislation
    and worker rights
  • Know the roles and responsibilities of the joint
    OHS committee
  • Understand your role in the process of appointing
    BCGEU OHS committee members and worker
    representatives

12
Session 2
  • Basic OHS Rights

13
Our OHS Rights
  • Right to know about workplace hazards
  • Right to participate in health and safety
  • Right to refuse unsafe work
  • Right to no discrimination

14
Session 3
  • Legislation

15
The Workers Compensation Board
  • Also known as WorkSafeBC
  • Responsible for compensating injured workers
  • Responsible for preventing workplace injuries,
    diseases and deaths
  • Responsible for enforcement of regulations
  • Funded by employers

16
The OHS Regulation
  • The Regulation
  • Core Requirements, Parts 1-4
  • General Hazard Requirements, Parts 5-19
  • Industry/Activity Specific, Parts 20-33

17
Need to know regulations
  • Ergonomics
  • Working alone
  • Prevention of workplace violence
  • Indoor air quality
  • Chemical and biological agents (WHMIS)
  • Asbestos

18
The WCA Part 3
  • Division 3 - Employer, worker and supervisor
    responsibilities
  • Division 4 - Roles and responsibilities of the
    committee
  • Division 6 - Protection against discriminatory
    action
  • Division 10 - Investigations
  • Division 12 - Penalties

19
Session 4
  • Roles and Responsibilities

20
Roles and Responsibilities
  • WCA Division 3 Section 115
  • Employers
  • Provide a safe workplace
  • Provide leadership
  • Ensure compliance
  • Allocate resources
  • Implement committee recommendations
  • Monitor and evaluate OHS program

21
Roles and Responsibilities
  • WCA Division 3 Section 116
  • Workers
  • Work safely
  • Comply with OHS regulations and employer
    policies and procedures
  • Report hazardous and unsafe conditions, accidents
    and incidents
  • Wear proper protective gear when required
  • Co operate with the joint OHS committee

22
Roles and Responsibilities
  • WCA Division 3 Section 117
  • Supervisors
  • Inform workers of any known or reasonably
    foreseeable hazards
  • Be aware of OHS regulations applicable to work
    being done
  • Provide worker safety orientation
  • Respond to and resolve reported OHS concerns

23
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Supervisor
  • Ensure workers are trained and qualified to work
    safely
  • Ensure investigations are conducted
  • Support and consult with the joint committee
  • Evaluate and support workers
  • Ongoing monitoring of OHS

24
Session 5
  • The Joint OHS Committee

25
The Joint OHS Committee
  • Review WCA Division 4
  • Sections 125 - 140

26
Joint OHS Committee and Worker representatives
  • Small Group Exercise
  • Groups go through Workers Compensation Act
    Division 4 and answer the questionnaire
  • Go through answers with large group

27
Terms of Reference
  • Key to joint committee's success
  • Agreed to by both parties
  • Establishes the rules of operation such as
  • Quorum
  • Attendance
  • Duties of co-chairs
  • Minutes and agendas

28
Annual Work plan
  • Assists committee with strategic planning
  • For example
  • Annual review required for ergonomics program
  • Annual review required for violence prevention
    program
  • Annual review of committee activities

29
Problem Solving Cycle
30
Basic OHS Information
  • Questions?
  • Comments

31
Session 6
  • ohs committee appointments 2013

32
Overview
  • Appointment of worker committee reps and worker
    representatives for December 01, 2013 to
    November 30, 2016
  • Appointments will be made October 01 to November
    15, 2013
  • Training sessions held June and September
  • Many current committee members will be reappointed

33
Overview
  • Local officers and stewards will canvas worksites
    for new committee members or reappointments
  • Local officers will consult with area office
    staff representatives on the appointments
  • Once local officers approve appointments list of
    names is forwarded to area office to issue
    appointment letter from the President

34
Overview
  • A copy of the appointment letter goes to the
    manager/supervisor and to the committee member
  • Committee member appointment information will be
    entered into Unionware by the area staff

35
Overview
  • Local officers will conduct canvas through
  • Worksite visits
  • Member to member
  • Phone or email

36
Overview Resources
  • Local chairs will be provided with canvas forms,
    surveys and posters
  • On line sign up and survey available
  • Lists of worksites and current OHS committee
    members
  • Book off time

37
Government worksites
  • Article 22 requirements
  • In any worksite with less than 9 workers, a
    worker rep will be appointed
  • Local committees may encompass more that one
    component
  • Time spent by committee members attending
    meetings or other business on days of rest will
    receive equivalent time off at straight time

38
Government worksites
  • More than one ministry occupies same location a
    committee may be established to include more than
    one ministry
  • Disputes involving committee structures to be
    referred to the Article 29 OHS sub-committees

39
Non-government Worksites
  • Check the requirements of your collective
    agreement
  • Committee requirements must comply with the
    Workers Compensation Act

40
Who Gets appointed?
  • Worker committee reps must not "exercise any
    managerial function" (Division 4 WCA)
  • Not about union membership
  • Union members who are supervisors must not
    be appointed as worker reps

41
Supervisor
  • OHS Regulation definition
  • "supervisor" means a person who instructs,
    directs and controls workers in the performance
    of their duties

42
Recruiting
  • The persuasion factor
  • Group exercise
  • How are you going to recruit new committee
    members and convince current committee members
    to serve another 3 years?

43
Recruiting
  • People may have an interest in OHS
  • OHS is way for workplace involvement that is
    less political than other union positions
  • Committee members have the right to have annual
    OHS education

44
Recruiting
  • They become the experts, a resource for their co
    workers
  • They are saving lives
  • The OHS committee is the only workplace entity
    that is required by legislation
  • Attending OHS conferences

45
Final comments
  • Concerns, thoughts and questions ?
  • A second session will be held in September as a
    follow up
  • Thank you for doing this very important work on
    behalf of your members
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