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>Health and Safety Committees Reference   Guide

Table of Contents


Section I

Health and Safety Committee Basic Facts

  1. What is a Health and Safety Committee?
  2. Responsibilities of the Health and Safety Committee


Section II

Establishing a Health and Safety Committee

  1. Who is Responsible for Establishing a Committee?
  2. Guidelines for Forming a Health and Safety Committee


Section III

Making the Committee Effective and Efficient

  1. Demonstrating Management Commitment
  2. Defining Roles, Responsibilities and Procedures
  3. Establishing Procedures and Guidelines for Committee Meetings
  4. Measuring the Effectiveness and Efficiency of a Committee


Section IV

Recognizing Workplace Hazards

  1. The Committees Responsibilities
  2. Types of Hazards
  3. Methods of Hazard Recognition
  4. Hazard Reporting
  5. Workplace Inspections


Section V

Accident Investigation

  1. What Types of Accidents are to be Investigated?
  2. Purpose of Accident Investigation
  3. The Accident Investigation Process
  4. Determining the Root Cause
  5. Recommendations
  6. The Written Report


Section VI

Controlling Workplace Hazards

  1. Setting Priorities
  2. Hazard Control Strategies
  3. Hazard Control Practices
  4. Fire Prevention
  5. First Aid
  6. Employee Training
  7. Exposure Limits


Section VII

Health and Safety Legislation

  1. Canadian OH&S Legislation
  2. Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  3. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs)
  4. US OH&S Legislation


Section VIII

Information Sources

  1. Canadian Government Departments with Responsibility for Occupational Health and Safety
  2. US Federal Safety and Health Agencies
  3. State Occupational Safety and Health Plans



A1. OSH Program Checklist
A2. Selecting a Consultant
A3. Abbreviations