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

Incident Investigation

  1. What Types of Incidents are to be Investigated?
  2. Purpose of Incident Investigation
  3. The Incident 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


Information Sources

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