Health and Safety Committees Updated

Practical guidance to form an effective health and safety committee.

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Designed and written as a practical workplace training and reference tool, this 188-page pocket guide is filled with clear-language text including health and safety tips, charts, diagrams, checklists and illustrations.


This guide will help health and safety committee members to:

  • Understand their roles and responsibilities under occupational health and safety legislation
  • Form an effective committee
  • Conduct effective and efficient committee meetings
  • Carry out committee activities as set out in the occupational health and safety legislation
  • Perform inspections and investigations
  • Identify workplace hazards and recommend control measures
  • Respond to workplace concerns
  • Assist the employer in resolving health and safety issues
  • Contact health and safety resources to find information


This guide provides practical guidance for the formation and effective functioning of a health and safety committee. The contents are based on the health and safety legislation of different jurisdictions and the principles of an internal responsibility system. Detailed information on specific workplace hazards can be obtained from our Safety InfoLine service.

Target Audience

This guide is a handy reference for health and safety committee members and representatives. Employees, supervisors, managers, and anyone else committed to maintaining health and safety in the workplace will find this guide useful. For training sessions, this guide will serve as a practical handout. This guide will also serve as a practical reference for the formation and effective functioning of voluntary health and safety committees in workplaces where the law does not require the establishment of a committee.

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