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What is the Difference Between Part 1 and Part 2 JHSC Training?  Do You Need Both?

To be certified under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) members must complete two separate training sessions — Part 1 and Part 2.

Part 1 is a three-day instructor-led course. It is the first step in training JHSC members, providing them with the knowledge and skills they need to establish an effective workplace health & safety program. This includes learning about their roles and responsibilities for identifying and controlling hazards, making recommendations, inspecting the workplace and investigating accidents.

Part 1 training concludes with a Ministry of Labour (MOL)-developed test.

Part 2 certification training builds on what participants learned in Part 1, and must be completed within 6 months after Part 1. This second session is two days in length and focuses on strengthening participants’ understanding of the RACE methodology (Recognition, Assessment, Control and Evaluation). Participants learn problem-solving techniques they can apply to specific hazards they may encounter in their workplaces.

For the purposes of Part 2 training, six applicable hazards are chosen that are suitable to the employer’s workplace. This helps participants adapt their training to address real challenges they may experience in their day-to-day work.

There is no Ministry of Labour exam at the end of Part 2 training. Instead, participants walk away with an action plan that can be integrated into committee duties when they return to their workplace.

At this time, JHSC Part 1 and Part 2 is also the best training choice for health and safety representatives working in organizations with fewer than 20 workers and where training is needed. It provides a solid understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the health and safety representative.

Act first Safety is an MOL-approved training provider for Joint Health and Safety Committee certification training. Both Part 1 and Part 2 sessions are now being scheduled. Call for details.


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