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• • Selection is the process of choosing from a group of applicants those individuals best suited for a particular position Important of selection process It helps to select right candidate which is most suitable and Qualified •

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1.1 Introduction Theoretical Background in Selection Process

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Introduction Theoretical Background in Selection Process. Recruitment is considered to be a positive process as it motivates more of candidates to apply for the job. It is a procedure of matching organizational requirements with the skills and qualifications of people. Effective selection can be done only when there is effective matching. All the potential candidates who apply for the given job are tested. organization will also save time and money. But selection must be differentiated from recruitment. By selecting best candidate for the required job. By selecting right candidate for the required job. While selection is a negative process as the inappropriate candidates are rejected here. It creates a pool of applicants. Recruitment Page No 6 . organization will face less of absenteeism and employee turnover problems. 1 Employee Selection Process Employee Selection is the process of putting right men on right job. Proper screening of candidates takes place during selection procedure. Moreover. though these are two phases of employment process. It is just sourcing of data. the organization will get quality performance of employees.

1. work samples. The methods used depend on the requirements of the position and the organization. medical examinations and physical/agility tests.1 Importance of Selection Process This is to select the right candidate for the advertised position in an organization where both quality and quantity should be evaluated for the organization Selecting the right employee is hampered in many situations by the available applicant available with the necessary skills or the company is located in a remote area. personality or aptitude tests. skills and knowledge for the required job. Selection involves choosing the best candidate with best abilities. oral presentation. Other tools used in selection are skill tests. but must not be discriminatory. the following Issues can be happen• • • • 1. -If organization selected wrong person for the job. some companies take these things into consideration when recruiting efforts are initiated and selecting the best in class applicant may be the company's biggest challenge. followed by a reference check. Therefore. List of Employee Selection Methods Calling Applications Written examinations Interviews Background Investigation Medical Test Page No 7 .precedes selection in staffing process. orientation and training cost Cost for new recruitment Employee Selection Methods The most common method of selection is the interview.2 Reduction in expected performance Losses during his/her career Un productive induction.

reasoning test. experience. They should not be biased. No distractions should be there in room. Such interviews may be biased at times. reason for leaving previous job. It contains data record of the candidates such as details about age. etc. But such interviews consume time and money both. Such interviews should be conducted properly. personality test. There should be an honest communication between candidate and interviewer. Page No 8 . These tests are used to objectively assess the potential candidate. intelligence test. qualifications. It will decrease chances of employee absenteeism. Written examinations Various written tests conducted during selection procedure are aptitude test. Moreover the competencies of the candidate cannot be judged. etc.- Other selection methods or programmes Calling Applications The candidates who clear the preliminary interview are required to fill application blank. Interviews It is a one to one interaction between the interviewer and the potential candidate. Medical Test Medical tests are conducted to ensure physical fitness of the potential employee. It is used to find whether the candidate is best suited for the required job or not.

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3 Data Presentation Analysis Page No 10 .2 Present functioning of the Employee selection process of the Organization 2.1 Introduction to Selected Company 2.CHAPTER 02 2.

the Leasing and Hiring of Industrial equipment. Mitsui Construction Company commenced their operations in Srilanka in 1977 with a Branch office in Colombo.1 Formation Sanken Lanka traces its roots back to their joint venture with Mitisui Construction Company of Japan. ABOUT SANKEN LANKA 1. approval was Page No 11 . a Company by the name Mitsui Construction Company Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.Introduction to Selected Company. a name change from Mitsui Construction Company Lanka (Pvt) Ltd to Sanken lanka (Pvt) Ltd took place. Additionally in March 1991.. This was extends in December 1985 to include. was incorporated under FIAC authorization to undertake Civil and Building Construction work. In May 1984. Four years onewards. 1.

1.3 Awards • ICTAD Construction Excellence Award (2007) of the Construction “Capitol Residence” Luxury Apartments.2 Affiliations • • • Sanken Lanka is one of the highest ranked construction companies (ICTAD–C1 Grade) Sanken Lanka is a member of National Construction Contractors Association of Sri Lanka. BY THE EFFECTIVE UTILIZATION OF ALL RESOURES WITHIN THE BEST PRACTICES OF THE INDUSTRY” 2.1 Vision “TO BE SRI LANKA’S PREMIER CONSTRUCTION SERVICE PROVIDER” 2.2 Mission “TO PROVIDE QUALITY PROFFESIONAL SERVICES. Bronze Award for Export of Business and Professional Services by National Chamber of Exports of Sri Lanka in (2007 & 2008) Construction Excellence Award for Buildings (National) by National Chamber of Construction of Sri Lanka (2007). Sanken Lanka is a ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System Certified Company 1. EXCEEDING CUSTORMER EXPECTATION. Merit Award in Education & Training on Special Projects by Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (2008).a pioneering venture of the Construction Industry in Sri Lanka.obtained for the sale of Ready mixed Concrete. • • • 2 VISIONS / MISSION / QUALITY POLICY 2.3 Quality policy Page No 12 .

highly trained personnel providing quality construction in a timely manner Estimating performed through filed experience producing accurate while minimizing unexpected job costs Compliant with international Safety Regulation on a consistent basis for increased site safety. which yield the highest quality construction projects. SANKEN LANKA SERVICES 3. are a team committed to provide a Quality product and Services at affordable price.At Sanken Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. Page No 13 . (ISO 9001:2008 QMS) Company operations based on reliability trust. in the Execution of Construction projects and the manufacture of related products. at all level of operations. professionalism and service. Sanken Lanka (Pvt) Ltd is committed to surpassing the expectation of our clients. on time. Responsibility and Responsiveness to achieve these goals thorough optimization of resources and continual improvement of our system. with the support of our valuable suppliers and in total harmony with society and the environment. to further enhance the quality of our products and services. Efficiency.1 Construction Contracts Professional based. subcontractors. Sanken Lanka are further committed to satisfy our customers with improving the quality of life of our organization Sanken Lanka Value team work. and suppliers by developing relationships through integrity. 3.

3. Sanken Lanka has built a reputation for delivering a worthy product on time within the best budget for its clients. The In–house professional staff and the IESL recognized Designs office have been able to deliver many such products as a result.The Sanken Lanka (Pvt) Ltd team is made up of over – achievers who see to it that customers received very best. Through each process of the complete services provided by organization. Sanken goal is to ensure that client’s achieve there goals. a) Feasibility (technical and Financial) b) Conceptual Design (With option) c) Investigation (Technical and Financial) Page No 14 . Sanken Lanka maintain and set the industry standards for professionalism and integrity. Excellence is our goal as well as our obligation to our clients.3 Design & Build Contracts San Developers (Pvt) Ltd. An Associate Company provides this service professionally in a cost effective manner. This Service covers different stages of the contract. Sanken Lanka (Pvt) Ltd is quality individuals producing quality projects. Sanken Lanka is committed to exceeding our client’s expectation. From pre – construction services through project completion.2 Property Development Sanken Lanka’s maiden Venture into the property Development enterprise bagged an Award for Construction Excellence in Year 2007 Properties developed by Sanken Lanka are considered great value for money. The benefit of the total solution approach by Sanken Lanka with its associate companies has enable clients to source a Property developer at a very competitive Price. Sanken Lanka has created client confidence to seek for design Build Solutions. 3.

It is for each such person to decide what is necessary to comply with the Act. Sanken Lanka possesses a recognized Design office for this purpose manned by professionals with experience in a diversity of specialized fields. supervisors. in all technical feasibilities.2 Present functioning of the Work Place Health & Safety act of the Organization Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act This Guide has been prepared to assist employers. owners. Page No 15 . 3. constructors.4 Consultancy Sanken Lanka has a wealth of experience in the execution of various types of Civil Engineering and Building Structures Hence. 2. and others who have duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. workers. e) Complete Design (Structural and MEP) f) Project Execution Sanken Lanka’s engagement could be at any of the above stages. A person with legal duties may or may not agree with this Guide and there is no legal requirement to follow it. It should not be taken to be a statement of the law or what is necessary to comply with the law.d) Project Preliminary Budget. suppliers. the company has provided an opportunity for clients to consult them from the conceptual stage of a project to its successful completion.

duties and accountability of all who have a role in workplace health and safety. Introduction We all share the goal of making Ontario's workplaces safe and healthy. we can make Ontario a safer and healthier place in which to work. They extend the rights.A person who needs assistance in determining what constitutes compliance should consult with his or her legal advisor. Ministry inspectors will assess workplace situations against the relevant provisions in the Act but they do not enforce this Guide. in plain language. It explains what every worker. They reinforce the structures. you should take the time to read this guide. although they may refer to it in determining whether the law has been complied with. It sets out the rights and duties of all parties in the workplace. Every improvement in occupational health and safety benefits all of us. Changes to the Act in 1990 and subsequent years continued the evolution of occupational health and safety legislation in Ontario. Page No 16 . These changes build on our combined experience since the Act came into force in 1979. and it provides for enforcement of the law where compliance has not been achieved voluntarily. It describes everyone's rights and responsibilities and it answers. that have proven to be effective. constructor and workplace owner needs to know about the Occupational Health and Safety Act. It's worth working for. About this Guide A Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act If you are concerned about workplace health and safety. Through cooperation and commitment. It establishes procedures for dealing with workplace hazards. employer. the questions that are most commonly asked about the Act. in particular the joint health and safety committees. supervisor. The Occupational Health and Safety Act provides us with the framework and the tools to achieve this goal.

This concept of an internal responsibility system is based on the principle that the workplace parties themselves are in the best position to identify health and safety problems and to develop solutions. Ideally. Several provisions of the Act are aimed at fostering the internal responsibility system. you will find the legislation easier to understand. In some situations. Page No 17 . To make the guide easier to read. But if you read this guide beforehand. The Act sets out the basic rules of operation for both joint committees and health and safety representatives. The guide does not cover every situation or answer every question about the legal requirements concerning workplace health and safety in Ontario. has a role to play by monitoring the internal responsibility system. in smaller workplaces. some parts of the Act have been omitted or condensed.However. If you need help in answering questions about the Act or the regulations. Throughout the guide. unbroken chain of responsibility and accountability for health and safety. please remember that this guide is only an explanation of the Act. It is not a legal document. so that you can be sure you are making the right decision or giving the right advice. The joint health and safety committee. you must read the Act and the regulations. the relevant section numbers of the Act have been inserted in the text. you may need to know exactly what the Act says. Two important provisions introduced in 1990 are: (1) the requirement for employers to have a health and safety policy and program. How well the system works depends upon whether there is a complete. you should contact your nearest Ministry of Labour office. the internal responsibility system involves everyone. and (2) the direct responsibility that officers of a corporation have for health and safety. About the Act | A Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act The Workplace Partnership Workers and employers must share the responsibility for occupational health and safety. the health and safety representative. In such cases. from the company chief executive officer to the worker. or.

The parts of the Act that implement the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) play an important role in giving workers the right to know. or through worker health and safety representatives. The Right to Refuse Work Workers have the right to refuse work that they believe is dangerous to either their own health and safety or that of another worker. The Act sets out these circumstances and how the right to stop work can be exercised. members of a joint health and safety committee who are "certified" have the right to stop work that is dangerous to any worker.The Rights of Workers To balance the employer's general right to direct the work force and control the production process in the workplace. Page No 18 . the Act gives four basic rights to workers. This means the right to be trained and to have information on machinery. The Right to Stop Work In certain circumstances. The Act describes the exact process for refusing dangerous work and the responsibilities of the employer in responding to such a refusal. working conditions. This right is expressed through worker membership on joint health and safety committees. The Right to Know Workers have the right to know about any potential hazards to which they may be exposed. processes and hazardous substances. equipment. The Right to Participate Workers have the right to be part of the process of identifying and resolving workplace health and safety concerns.

the Act and regulations set out many specific responsibilities of the employer. Inspectors have broad powers to. investigate any potentially hazardous situation and work refusal. the Ministry of Labour has the authority to enforce the law. there are four separate safety regulations that apply to industrial establishments. construction sites. Many regulations have been passed under the Act. mines and health care facilities. the materials and equipment in the workplace and the direction of the work force. or if the Act and regulations are not being followed. supervisors and workers must assist and co-operate with inspectors. worker education and personal protective equipment. Employers. hazardous machinery. For example. The regulations set out in detail how these duties are to be carried out. which gives the Government of Ontario broad powers to make regulations. In addition. There are also Page No 19 . there are duties that specifically relate to toxic substances. There is a general duty on employers to take all reasonable precautions to protect the health and safety of workers. among other things. order compliance with the Act and regulations and initiate prosecutions. There is a duty on all officers and directors of corporations to ensure that their corporations comply with the Act and regulations. in accordance with the Act and regulations. inspect any workplace. Regulations The Occupational Health and Safety Act. The duties of workers are generally to work safely. Enforcement If the internal responsibility system fails to address adequately the health and safety issues in a workplace. For example.Duties of Employers and Other Persons The Act imposes duties on those who have any degree of control over the workplace. sets out general principles and duties for the workplace parties.

an open field. Alternative measures and procedures to those in the approved code can be used as long as they provide equivalent protection for the health and safety of workers. Who is Covered by the Act? | A Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act Almost every worker. owners and constructors. employer and workplace in Ontario is covered by the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations. a forest or even a beach. Definitions Workplace Any place in. a mine. among others. These regulations apply only to workplaces where designated substances are present. The test is: Is the Page No 20 . a construction site. A workplace could be a building. a road. Employers. supervisors. constructors and suppliers of equipment or materials to workplaces that are covered by the Act. But this does not mean that a failure to comply with the code will. supervisor. Approved Codes of Practice In June 2001. the Act was amended to allow the Minister of Labour to approve all or part of a code of practice as a way to comply with a specific regulatory requirement. See Legislation for a complete list of the regulations that have been passed under the Act. have an obligation to know and comply with the regulations that apply to their workplaces. Approval of a code of practice means that the Ministry will consider compliance with the code to be compliance with its corresponding regulatory requirement. on or near to where a worker works. Workplaces that are not covered are listed at the end of this chapter.regulations for each of 11 different chemicals known as "designated substances". in itself. Also covered are workplace owners. be considered a breach of the regulatory requirement. An approved code could either be developed by the Ministry or by an organization or individual outside the Ministry.

It also includes any person who acts as an agent for the owner. he or she does have certain duties and must comply with any orders issued by an inspector. Page No 21 . constructor. trustee. A contractor or subcontractor who performs work or supplies services for an owner. Licensee A person who holds a logging licence under the Crown Forest Sustainability Act. lessee. Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. [ 1 ] Supervisor A person who has charge of a workplace or authority over any worker. This does not include an inmate of a correctional or similar institution working inside the institution on a work project or rehabilitation program. whether alone or with another employer. This includes a tenant. For example. Employer A person who employs one or more workers. Owner The person who owns the lands or premises that are being (or will be) used as a workplace. then it is a workplace. The constructor is generally the person who has overall control of a project. mortgagee in possession or occupier of the lands or premises. This includes someone who contracts for a worker's services. a licensee is not an employer. receiver. Worker A person who is paid to perform work or supply services. Constructor A person who undertakes a construction project for the owner of a site or building. contractor or subcontractor is also an employer if he or she in turn employs workers. you are the employer of those workers while they are under your direction. if you pay a temporary help agency for the services of workers supplied by the agency. or to be near there? If the answer is "yes".worker being directed and paid to be there. However. This also includes the owner who personally undertakes all or part of the project. 1994.

in a private residence or on the connected land [section 3(1)]. workplaces under federal (Government of Canada) jurisdiction. The sections of this guide that explain the duties of the employer indicate which duties apply to the self-employed. as employers [section 4]. are under provincial jurisdiction. contact your nearest Ministry of Labour office.Self-Employed The Act is limited in its application to self-employed persons. also apply–with the necessary modifications–to the selfemployed. while in federal workplaces. In addition. or a servant. the self-employed have the duties of a worker [section 28]. An inspector's powers to enforce the law. If there is any question about whether you or your workplace is covered by the Act. Work and Workplaces Not Covered The Act does not apply to: • work done by the owner or occupant. railway and bus companies. such as: o o o o o o • post offices airlines and airports banks some grain elevators telecommunication companies interprovincial trucking. Federal workplaces are covered under a different law: the Canada Labour Code. shipping. However. as well as the penalties for a contravention. federal authorities accept that outside contractors and their employees. Page No 22 .

1) and 9(5)]. if it provides comparable benefits to worker health and safety [section 9(4)]. Who is responsible for establishing a committee? Every employer or constructor whose workplace falls into one of the above categories is responsible for establishing a joint committee. "Toxic Substances"). The Minister of Labour may also. a local Ministry of Labour office should be contacted. This means causing the members to be chosen and setting aside a time and place for meetings. under certain circumstances. Page No 23 . and • any workplace or construction project that has been ordered by the Minister of Labour to establish a committee [section 9(3)]. permit a single committee to be established for more than one workplace [sections 9(3.Joint Health and Safety Committees | A Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act Where are joint committees required? Joint committees are required in the following workplaces: • • any workplace that regularly employs 20 or more workers [ 1 ] [section 9(2)(a)]. even if fewer than 20 workers are regularly employed [section 9(2)(b)]. an alternative to a committee may be allowed. even if fewer than 20 workers are regularly employed [section 9(2)(c)]. construction projects where 20 or more workers[ 1 ] are regularly employed and that are expected to last three months or more. Sometimes. For more information on this option. any workplace (other than a construction project) to which a regulation concerning a designated substance applies. • • any workplace where an order has been issued under section 33 of the Act (section 33 orders are explained in Chapter 9 of this guide.

fire or recommend discipline. laboratory. • The members representing workers must be chosen by the workers or. Who can serve as a committee member? How are members chosen? Except for the following rules. • The members representing workers must be employed by the workplace covered by the committee. An employee who has the authority to discipline. The managerial members of the committee are chosen by the employer. the committee must have at least two members [section 9(6) (a)]. • • On most committees. For example. Members no longer employed by the workplace cannot serve on the committee [section 9(10)]. the committee must have at least four members [section 9(6)(b)]. if a workplace has a plant. the committee should be large enough so that the health and safety concerns of the entire workplace are represented. Where possible.How many members must a committee have? The minimum size of the committee depends on the number of workers. hire. If there are no managerial employees at the workplace covered by the committee. these members can come from another workplace of the employer [section 9(9)]. hiring or firing is considered a managerial employee. they should be employed at that workplace. Page No 24 . there are no restrictions on who can serve on joint health and safety committees: • • At least half the members on the committee must represent workers [section 9(7)]. If 50 or more workers are regularly employed. each of these areas should be represented on the committee. He or she can serve on the committee. Where fewer than 50 workers are regularly employed. at least one worker and one management representative must be certified [section 9(12)] (more information on certified members). but not as a worker representative. office. warehouse and delivery drivers. where applicable. As a general guide. by the trade union(s) representing the workers [section 9(8)].

to a Ministry of Labour inspector [section 9(22)]. where they are most likely to be seen by the workers. The employer or constructor is responsible for this posting [section 9(32)].• The names and work locations of the committee members must be posted in the workplace. Members are also paid for time spent at meetings and for carrying out certain other committee duties. where applicable. They are paid their regular rate or. • The committee must keep a record (minutes) of its meetings. • • Members are entitled to one hour of paid preparation time before each meeting. substances. their premium rate of pay [section 9(34) and (35)]. this purpose is met by carrying out inspections of the workplace. working conditions. such as machinery. Page No 25 . production processes. The Powers of the Joint Health and Safety Committee The joint health and safety committee has several important rights and responsibilities. How should a committee operate? The Act sets out only a few rules on how the committee should operate. The committee must be co-chaired by two members. Other than the following. upon request. procedures or anything else that can endanger the health and safety of workers [section 9(18)(a)]. the committee is free to decide its own procedures. To a large extent. the other by the members representing the employer [section 9(11)]. • The committee must meet at the workplace at least once every three months [section 9(33)]. The committee can decide that more paid preparation time is required. These minutes must be made available. Identify Workplace Hazards The main purpose of the committee is to identify workplace hazards. Many committees may need to meet more often. One of the co-chairs is chosen by the members who represent workers.

The committee has the power to obtain information from the employer: • • about any actual or potential hazards in the workplace [section 9(18)(d)(i)]. This member does not always have to be the same person but should be. A Ministry of Labour inspector can order that the workplace be inspected more frequently than the Act prescribes. • Page No 26 . The committee member who performs the inspection must report to the committee any actual or potential hazard facing workers. under subsection 9(3. the committee has the right to be consulted about any workplace testing and to have a committee member representing workers present at the beginning of the testing to validate the procedures and/or the results [section 9(18) (f)]. the committee members may designate a worker who is not on the committee to do the inspection. about the health and safety experience and work practices and standards in other workplaces of which the employer is aware [section 9(18)(d)(ii)]. and about any workplace testing that is being carried out for occupational health and safety purposes [section 9(18)(e)]. Obtain Information from the Employer For most committees. The committee must consider this information within a reasonable period of time [section 9(30)]. In some cases. the employer is likely to be an important source of information. a "certified" committee member [section 9(23) and (24)]. (27) and (28)]. this may not be practical.The members of the committee who represent workers must choose one of their group to inspect the workplace. The workplace should be inspected at least once a month. If the committee has been established by an order of the Minister of Labour. For example. if possible. In such a case. the committee should establish an inspection schedule that will ensure that at least part of the workplace is inspected each month and the entire workplace is inspected at least once a year [sections 9(26).1). the workplace may be too large and complex to be inspected fully each month. In addition.

if the employer agrees that a special training program should be established. an investigation conducted by the employer or the Ministry of Labour. The member(s) chosen to investigate have the right to inspect the actual scene where the worker was injured (but cannot alter it without permission from an inspector) and can also inspect any machine. If the employer agrees with the recommendations. The employer must respond to any written recommendations from the committee. the response must say when the program will begin to be developed and when it will be delivered. see Chapter 7. The findings must be reported to the committee and to a director of the Ministry of Labour. or that safety training programs be established. the response must include a timetable for implementation. substance. within 21 days. the committee could recommend that a new type of hearing protection be given to workers in noisy areas.. Page No 27 . For example.Make Recommendations to the Employer The committee has the power to make recommendations to the employer and to the workers on ways to improve workplace health and safety. [For more information. or in addition to. or that special testing of the work environment be carried out [sections 9(18)(b) and (c)]. For example. This investigation can be part of. in writing. the members of the committee who represent workers must choose one or more of their group to conduct an investigation [section 9(31)]. equipment. that may be connected with the injury. Investigate Work Refusals The committee members who represent workers must designate one of their group to be present at the investigation of a work refusal. etc. the response must give the reasons for disagreement [sections 9(20) and (21)]. If the employer disagrees with a recommendation. Investigate Serious Injuries If a worker is killed or critically injured on the job. "The Right to Refuse Work"].

• Certified Members of Committees A "certified" member of a joint committee is a member who has received special training in occupational health and safety and has been certified by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Page No 28 . to ensure that all workers see it. If necessary. the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) must provide an annual summary of information about compensation claims relating to all workplaces of the employer in Ontario [section 12(1)]. respond to committee recommendations. In particular. where it is likely to be seen by the workers. give the committee copies of all orders and reports issued by the Ministry of Labour inspector. and report any workplace deaths. injuries and illnesses to the committee. The WSIB can include any other information it considers necessary. as described earlier. the employer must post it in the workplace. [ 2 ] Employer's Duty to Co-operate with the Committee The Act places a general duty on the employer to co-operate with and help the joint committee to carry out its responsibilities [section 25(2)(e)]. This information must include: • • • • • • number of fatalities number of lost-time injuries number of workdays lost number of injuries requiring medical aid but that did not involve lost workdays incidence of occupational illnesses number of occupational injuries. it may be posted in more than one area of the workplace. the employer is required to: • • • provide any information that the committee has the power to obtain from the employer.Obtain Information from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board At the committee's request. When this report is received from the WSIB.

Reg. Who decides which committee members will be certified? The employer is responsible for ensuring that the joint committee has certified members.Board (WSIB). even though a person is a committee member. and has been certified by the WSIB. 131/98]. In general. Certified members are not required for committees at workplaces that regularly employ less than 20 workers or at projects that regularly employ less than 50 workers [O. if more than one of the committee members representing the employer is certified. the employer must designate one or more as being able to exercise the rights and duties of certified members [section 9(16)]. There is no limit to how many members may be certified. all workplaces that are required to have joint committees must also have certified committee members. but there must be at least two: one representing workers and one representing the employer. If more than one of the committee members representing workers is certified. Similarly. the workers or the union must designate one or more of them as being entitled to exercise the rights and duties of certified members [section 9(15)]. The workers (or the union) who selected the joint committee members also decide which members representing workers are to be certified [section 9(14)]. Reg. In other words. Page No 29 . with specific authority and responsibilities. to certify members and set their training requirements. He or she plays an important role on the committee and in the workplace. under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. How do committee members become certified? The WSIB (see Chapter 10) has the authority. 385/96 as amended by O. he or she does not have the rights and powers of a certified member unless designated.

He or she must be paid the regular or premium rate by the employer. Where possible. at the investigation of a work refusal. to order the employer to stop work that is dangerous to a worker. Certified members also have the right. The same applies if a committee member is fulfilling the requirements for becoming certified as set by the WSIB [section 9(36)]. see Chapter 8. For a complete explanation of this right. whichever is applicable [section 48(2)]. they have special responsibilities in the workplace. A certified member who is exercising his or her rights and duties under the Act is considered to be at work. He or she should also be present. under certain circumstances. A certified member who receives a complaint that dangerous circumstances exist is entitled to investigate the complaint [section 48(1)]. there are special rules for the establishment and operation of worker trades committees on certain construction projects. The WSIB recovers these costs through assessments that it levies on all employers in the construction industry. Are certified members paid while they perform their duties? Yes. Page No 30 . Worker Trades Committees on Construction Projects In addition to the above rules concerning joint health and safety committees. if possible. the WSIB pays the worker for the time spent to become certified. In the construction industry.What rights and duties do certified members have? Because certified members have special training in workplace health and safety. however. "The Right to Stop Work". the certified member who represents workers should conduct the monthly workplace inspections [section 9(24)].

it must be paid [section 10(5)]. if the joint committee decides that the worker trades committee should meet once a week for an hour. The joint committee should ensure that all trades are represented [section 10(2)]. They are paid during these meetings as if they were performing their regular jobs. Its purpose is to inform the joint committee about the health and safety concerns of the trades people employed on the project [section 10(4)]. How often must a worker trades committee meet? Are members paid for attending meetings? There is no rule about how often this committee must meet. Worker trades committees are required on projects that regularly employ 50 or more workers and are expected to last at least three months [section 10(1)]. It may also serve as a forum to resolve problems that arise between trades. If a premium rate would apply at the time a meeting is held. 2.What is a worker trades committee? This committee is similar to the joint health and safety committee. The joint health and safety committee for the project must decide the maximum period of time for which members of the trades committee are entitled to be paid for attending meetings [section 10(6)]. It is the responsibility of the joint health and safety committee. What are the powers of the worker trades committee? The worker trades committee has no special powers. or by their union [section 10(3)]. Members of worker trades committees must be allowed the necessary time to attend meetings. For example. that is the maximum period of time that any member can be paid for attending such meetings. The joint committee has the authority to act on the information provided by the worker trades committee. not of the employer or constructor. Page No 31 . to establish the worker trades committee. All members of the worker trades committee are chosen by the workers in the trade represented by the committee. but there are two differences: 1.

and where there is no joint committee [section 8(1)]. Health and safety representatives have essentially the same powers as joint committee members. and may disclose the results of any medical examinations or tests of workers only in a way that does not identify anyone. a health and safety representative of the workers is required instead. must not disclose any secret manufacturing process or trade information.Confidentiality of Information Joint committee members may from time to time come across confidential information. If you are a health and safety representative. "Joint Health and Safety Committees". Therefore. A health and safety representative is required at a workplace or construction project where six or more workers are regularly employed. and also refer to the separate guide for joint committees and representatives. The representative must be chosen by the workers. In small workplaces. committee members: • must not disclose any information about any workplace tests or inquiries conducted under the Act or regulations. you should read Chapter 4. must not reveal the name of any person from whom information is received. or by the union if there is one [section 8(5)]. • • • Health and Safety Representatives | A Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act Not all workplaces are required to have a joint health and safety committee. Page No 32 . except for the power to stop work. or as required by another law. Except where allowed under this Act. the Act requires committee members to observe some basic rules of confidentiality [section 63]. This chapter outlines the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act that cover health and safety representatives.

Under the Act. for some reason.The Powers of the Health and Safety Representative A health and safety representative has the power to: Identify Workplace Hazards The health and safety representative has the power to identify workplace hazards. The entire workplace must be inspected at least once a year [sections 8(7) and (8)]. If it is not practical. must give the representative any information and assistance needed to carry out these inspections [section 8(9)]. to inspect the entire workplace once a month. He or she may also be present at the beginning of such testing [section 8(11)(b)]. the representative must inspect it at least once a month [section 8(6)]. as well as the employer. Be Consulted about Workplace Testing If the employer intends to do testing of any kind in or about the workplace and related to occupational health and safety. at least part of it must be inspected monthly. following a schedule agreed upon by the representative and the employer. the employer must share with the representative any such information that he or she has [sections 8(11)(a) and (c)]. Page No 33 . Other workers. Make Recommendations to the Employer The representative has the power to make recommendations to the employer on ways to improve workplace health and safety–the same power given to joint committees. the representative has the right to be consulted before the testing takes place. No matter how small the workplace. Obtain Information from the Employer The health and safety representative is entitled to the same information available to a joint committee member. This power is usually exercised by conducting workplace inspections.

During this time. When this information is received from the WSIB. Request Information from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) The health and safety representative is entitled to request the same information from the WSIB that is available to a joint committee member. substance. he or she must be paid the regular or premium rate. A representative is entitled to carry out inspections and investigations. (For more information.. that may be connected with it.) Investigate Serious Injuries If a worker is killed or critically injured on the job. the employer must post it in the workplace. "The Right to Refuse Work".The employer must respond in writing to any written recommendations within 21 days [section 8(12)]. the representative has the right to inspect the scene where the injury occurred and any machine. Are representatives paid while performing their duties? Yes. see Chapter 7. Confidentiality of Information The health and safety representative has the same duty of confidentiality as that imposed on joint committee members. Page No 34 . whichever is applicable [section 8(15)]. His or her findings must be reported in writing to a director of the Ministry of Labour [section 8(14)]. Investigate Work Refusals The health and safety representative should be present at the investigation of a work refusal. equipment. etc. in a location where it is likely to be seen by the workers [section 12].

He or she must: o be qualified–through knowledge. disposal and transport of any equipment. know about any actual or potential danger to health and safety in the workplace. about any hazard in the work and train that worker in the handling. responsibilities and • • • Page No 35 . inform and supervise workers to protect their health and safety [section 25(2) (a)]. [ 2 ] take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker [section 25(2)(h)]. post in the workplace a copy of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. [ 1 ] o o • inform a worker. etc. "Competent person" has a very specific meaning under the Act. material. assist in a medical emergency by providing any information–including confidential business information–to a qualified medical practitioner who requests the information in order to diagnose or treat any person [section 25(2)(b)]. not employ workers who are under such age as may be prescribed or knowingly permit underage persons to be in or near the workplace [sections 25(2)(f) and (g)]. • help committees and health and safety representatives to carry out their duties [section 25(2)(e)]. as well as explanatory material prepared by the ministry that outlines the rights. has an obligation to: • instruct. training and experience–to organize the work and its performance.Duties of Employers and Other Persons | A Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act General Duties of Employers An Ontario employer who is covered by the Act. or a person in authority over a worker. use. • • appoint competent persons as supervisors [section 25(2)(c)]. substances. storage. be familiar with the Act and the regulations that apply to the work being performed in the workplace. tools. [section 25(2)(d)].

This duty also applies to the self-employed. The first seven duties also apply to the self-employed. review that policy at least once a year and set up a program to implement it [section 25(2)(j)]. on request. Employers and supervisors have an obligation to know which regulations apply to their workplaces. If the report is in writing. an inspector should be consulted. Here is a list of duties of employers. the employer must.duties of workers. the employer must also provide a copy of the relevant parts of the report [section 25(2)(1)]. see Appendix A. and • ensure that every part of the physical structure of the workplace can support all loads to which it may be subjected. in accordance with the Building Code Act and any standards prescribed by the ministry [section 25(1)(e)]. ensure that the above are used in accordance with the regulations [section 25(1)(d)]. an employer must: • provide and maintain in good condition any prescribed equipment. which may be prescribed. It means that a regulation must exist in order to put into effect the requirements of that section. make available to workers copies of those portions that concern occupational health and safety [section 25(2)(m)]. • post a copy of the occupational health and safety policy in the workplace. • Page No 36 . If there is any uncertainty. the requirements of that section are not in force. provide the joint committee or the health and safety representative with the results of any occupational health and safety report that the employer has. under the Act. materials and protective devices [sections 25(1)(a) and (b)]. Prescribed Duties of Employers The word "prescribed" appears in many sections of the Act. Where there is no regulation. where workers will be most likely to see it [section 25 (2)(k)]. This material must be in English and the majority language in the workplace [section 25(2)(i)]. • prepare a written occupational health and safety policy. Where there is a regulation. [ 3 ] For guidance on how to do this. • • advise workers of the results of such a report. If the report is in writing.

tests or X-rays and who have been found physically fit to work. These are described in detail in Chapter 9. that only workers who have taken any prescribed medical examinations. chemical or physical agents [section 26(1)(c)]. provide prescribed medical surveillance programs and safety-related medical examinations and tests. [ 4 ] ensure. for the benefit of workers [sections 26(1)(h) and (i)]. as prescribed [sections 26(1)(a) and (b)]. keep. monitor. use and disposal of biological. biological or physical agents [section 26(1)(d)]. or physical agents and keep and post accurate records of these levels [section 26(1)(f)]. the levels of biological. notify a director of the Ministry of Labour of the use or introduction into a workplace of any prescribed biological. • Duties of Employers Concerning Toxic Substances In workplaces where there are toxic or hazardous substances. Page No 37 . and carry out any prescribed training programs for workers. chemical or physical agents [section 26(1)(e)]. chemical or physical agents [section 26(1)(g)]. where prescribed. be allowed to work or be in a workplace [section 26(1)(j)]. comply with a prescribed standard that limits the exposure of a worker to biological. maintain and make available to workers prescribed records of worker exposure to chemical. of the handling. as prescribed. as prescribed.• carry out any measures and procedures that are prescribed for the workplace [section 25(1)(c)]. "Toxic Substances". supervisors and committee members [section 26(1)(l)]. keep and maintain accurate records. establish and maintain an occupational health service for workers. storage. the employer has many specific duties. chemical. • • • • • • • • • where so prescribed. provide a worker with written instructions on the measures and procedures to be taken for his or her protection [section 26(1)(k)].

the employer must immediately notify an inspector. • If an accident. This notice must be given to a director of the Ministry of Labour. the joint committee (or health and safety representative) and the union. Duties of Supervisors The Act sets out certain specific duties for workplace supervisors. this notice must also be given to a director of the Ministry of Labour. written notice of an accident or unexpected event that could have caused an injury at a construction site or in a mine or mining plant is required from the constructor of the project or owner of the mine or mining plant. A supervisor must: Page No 38 . such as by telephone. the employer has the following duties to notify certain people: • If a person. within four days of the incident. explosion or fire occurs and a worker is disabled or requires medical attention. • Even if no one is hurt. has been critically injured or killed at the workplace. Within 48 hours. the employer must notify the joint committee (or health and safety representative) and the union. The duty to notify applies not only to current employees but also to former ones [section 52(3)]. the employer must notify a director of the Ministry of Labour. the employer must also notify. whether a worker or not. if there is one. within four days. a director of the Ministry of Labour. in writing. This notice must be by direct means. If required by an inspector. the joint committee (or health and safety representative) and the trade union. This notice must be in writing and must contain any prescribed information [section 52(1)]. within two days and must contain any prescribed information [section 53]. giving the circumstances of the occurrence and any information that may be prescribed [section 51(1)]. This notice must be in writing and must contain any prescribed information [section 52(2)]. if any.Notices Required from Employers [ 5 ] If workplace injuries or illnesses occur. • If an employer is told that a worker has an occupational illness or that a claim for an occupational illness has been filed with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. if any. the joint committee (or health and safety representative) and the union. telegram or facsimile. if any.

• A constructor may also be required to give written notice to a director. to ensure that: • • the measures and procedures in the Act and regulations are carried out [section 23(1)(a)]. Page No 39 • . protective device or clothing required by the employer is used or worn by the worker [section 27(1)(b)]. on projects they undertake.• • ensure that a worker complies with the Act and regulations [section 27(1)(a)]. advise a worker of any potential or actual health or safety dangers known by the supervisor [section 27(2)(a)]. constructors are employers. constructors are given the specific responsibility. ensure that any equipment. provide a worker with written instructions about the measures and procedures to be taken for the worker's protection [section 27(2)(b)]. every employer and worker on the project complies with the Act and regulations [section 23(1)(b)]. and the health and safety of workers on the project are protected [section 23(1)(b)]. In addition. with exactly the same duties. and take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of workers [section 27(2)(c)]. before work begins on a project [section 23(2)]. if prescribed. he or she should check with the nearest office of the Ministry of Labour. the workplace complies with the regulations [section 29(1)(a)(iii)]. If a constructor is not sure of the obligation to give such a notice. • • • Duties of Constructors Under the Act. containing prescribed information. Duties of Owners A person who owns a workplace that is not a construction project also has both general and prescribed duties. An owner must ensure that: • workplace facilities are provided and maintained as prescribed [sections 29(1)(a)(i) and (ii)].

the owner must first determine if there are any designated substances present at the project site. the owner must prepare a complete list [section 30(1)].• no workplace is constructed. and any subsequent changes in the plans. If a regulation required the plans to be reviewed by the ministry engineer. This list must be included as part of any tendering information on a project [section 30(2)]. before any work is done. reconstructed or altered except in compliance with the Act and regulations [section 29(1)(a)(iv)]. The constructor must in turn ensure that any prospective contractor or subcontractor has a copy of the list before any binding contract for work on the project can be made [section 30(4)]. to file with the ministry. Before the owner can enter into a binding contract with a constructor to work on a site where there are designated substances. Page No 40 . • An owner or employer can be required. and workplace drawings. as prescribed [section 29(1)(b)]. a copy would have to be available at the workplace for examination by a ministry inspector [section 29(3)(b)]. developed. These plans. plans or specifications are given to a director of the Ministry of Labour. Duties Of Owners And Constructors Concerning Designated Substances Several general duties regarding designated substances apply to all owners of construction projects as well as to constructors. by regulation. Before beginning any work. could be reviewed by a ministry engineer to determine compliance with the Act and regulations. If there are. The ministry engineer could also require additional information on the plans from the employer or owner [section 29(4)]. the owner must ensure that the constructor has a copy of the list [section 30(3)]. The owner of a mine must update drawings and plans every six months and include details. as prescribed [section 29(2)]. complete plans for the construction of or change to a workplace [section 29(3)(a)].

Page No 41 . The supplier must also maintain the equipment in good condition if this is his or her responsibility under the rental or leasing arrangement [section 31(1)]. in the licensed area: • • • the measures and procedures in the Act and regulations are carried out. directors and the minister [section 32]. Duties of Corporate Officers and Directors Every officer and director of a corporation must take all reasonable care to ensure that the corporation complies with the Act and regulations as well as with any orders and requirements of Ministry of Labour inspectors. Duties of Licensees A licensed area is land on which the licensee is authorized to cut Crown timber [section 24(2)]. This liability does not apply if the owner could not reasonably have known about the presence of the designated substance(s) [section 30(5)]. every employer logging for the licensee complies with the Act and regulations. The constructor is likewise liable for any damages or losses suffered by contractors and subcontractors if they were not informed by the constructor about a designated substance that was on the list prepared by the owner [section 30(6)]. and the health and safety of workers employed by those employers are protected [section 24(1)].An owner is liable to a constructor and every contractor and subcontractor who suffers any loss or damages as a result of the presence of designated substances that were not on the list. Duties of Suppliers Every person who supplies workplace equipment of any kind under a rental. leasing or similar arrangement must ensure that the equipment complies with the Act and regulations and is in good condition. This section does not apply to equipment that is sold to a workplace. A licensee must ensure that.

unnecessary running or rough and boisterous conduct [section 28(2)(c)]. as a result. report any known workplace hazard to the employer or supervisor [section 28(1)(d)]. a person must be Page No 42 . [2] Minimum age requirements for different types of workplaces are set out (i. a worker is endangered [section 31(2)]. protective devices or clothing required by the employer [section 28(1)(b)]. report any known contravention of the Act or regulations to the employer or supervisor [section 28(1)(d)]. use or wear any equipment. report to the employer or supervisor any known missing or defective equipment or protective device that may be dangerous [section 28(1)(c)].e. not remove or make ineffective any protective device required by the employer or by the regulations [section 28(2)(a)]. A worker must take responsibility for personal health and safety insofar as he or she is able. [ 6 ] not use or operate any equipment or work in a way that may endanger any worker [section 28(2)(b)]. Racing powered hand trucks in a warehouse or seeing who can pick up the most boxes are examples of unsafe and unacceptable workplace conduct. contest. Duties of Workers Workers also have several general duties under the Act. a worker must: • • work in compliance with the Act and regulations [section 28(1)(a)]. • • • • • • [1] Employers may appoint themselves as supervisors if they meet all three qualifications [section 25(3)].Liability of Architects and Engineers Architects and engineers are considered to be in contravention of the Act if they negligently or incompetently give advice or a certification required under the Act and.. and not engage in any prank. Under the Act. feat of strength. prescribed) in various regulations under the Act that apply to those workplaces. For example.

in writing. whichever is applicable. This means a situation in which all of the following are true: • • • the Act or the regulations are being contravened. no one may operate the saw until it has a temporary protective device that will prevent injury. it may be necessary to remove a protective device on a saw in order to cut an unusually large piece of material. The worker is considered to be at work during the time spent undergoing the examinations or tests and must be paid at the regular or premium rate. such as the ones required for hoist operators. including the worker's reasonable travelling costs [section 26(3)]. After this operation is complete. In such a case. For least 18 years old to work in an underground mine. Page No 43 . The Right to Stop Work | A Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act Dangerous Circumstances Work can be stopped only in "dangerous circumstances" [section 44(1)]. [3] This provision does not apply to workplaces that regularly employ five or fewer workers. and any delay in controlling the danger or hazard may seriously endanger a worker. they must agree to do so voluntarily [section 28(3)]. and the contravention poses a danger or a hazard to a worker. [section 26 (3) (c)]. and 14 to work in a store or office. Once there is no longer a need to remove the required protective device or to make it ineffective. Where the law requires a medical surveillance program. employers must offer it to workers.) If a worker participates in a medical surveillance program the employer must pay the costs. [5] Self-employed people are required to notify a director of the Ministry of Labour. (Workers must take safety-related medical examinations. if they sustain an occupational injury or illness. it must be replaced immediately. 15 to work in a factory. [4] Workers do not have to participate in such a program. [6] The only exception to this rule is if one can provide an adequate temporary protective device. 16 to work on a construction project or in a logging operation. the saw's regular protective device must be immediately replaced.

• • • • See section 43(2)(d) of the Act for a complete list of workplaces. The second certified member must do so promptly and in the presence of the first certified member [section 45(3)]. firefighters or those employed in correctional institutions [section 44(2)(a)].Limitations on the Right to Stop Work The right to stop dangerous work does not apply to police. Joint Right to Stop Work If a certified member has reason to believe that dangerous circumstances exist. any laundry. The second certified member must represent the other workplace party. For example. power plant or technical service or facility used by one of the above. nursing homes. rehabilitation facilities or similar institutions. Page No 44 . food service. he or she may ask another certified member to investigate [section 45(2)]. he or she may ask a supervisor to investigate. The right to stop work does not apply to the following types of workplaces if a work stoppage would directly endanger the life. residential group homes for persons with physical. health or safety of another person [section 44(2)(b)]: • hospitals. mental or behavioural handicaps. What happens if the certified member is not satisfied with the supervisor's investigation? If the certified member believes that dangerous circumstances still exist. This certified member may be one representing either the workers or the employer [section 45(1)]. the second must represent the employer. ambulance services or first-aid clinics or stations. medical testing laboratories. psychiatric institutions. if the first certified member represents workers. The supervisor must do so promptly and in the presence of the certified member who made the request.

a certified member who represents the employer but who is not available at the workplace may designate another person to act for him or her in a situation involving dangerous circumstances [section 45(9)]. The employer must do so immediately. to cancel it [section 45(7)]. etc. in special cases. After taking steps to remedy the dangerous circumstances. the inspector will give a written decision to both certified members [section 45(6)]. or an inspector. work cannot be stopped. machinery. to stop work in dangerous circumstances. unless a ministry inspector cancels it [section 45(8)]. Individual Right to Stop Work The Act permits an individual certified member. tools. What if the certified members do not agree with each other that dangerous circumstances exist? If the certified members disagree. What happens if both certified members agree that dangerous circumstances exist? The certified members can direct the employer to stop the work or to stop using any part of the workplace or any equipment. in a way that does not endanger anyone [section 45(5)]. [section 45(4)]. Only the certified members who issued the direction can jointly cancel it. Page No 45 . either certified member may ask a ministry inspector to investigate. Following the investigation. the employer can request the certified members who issued the stop-work direction. However.In prescribed instances. This individual right to stop work is granted by the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

Role of the OLRB The OLRB must determine if the employer has failed to protect the health and safety of workers. that he or she voluntarily adopts the following procedure [section 47(1)]. recommend to the minister that an inspector be assigned. The decision of the OLRB on an application is final [section 46(7)]. • If an inspector is assigned to a workplace. O. Reg. in writing.Application to the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) If any certified member in the workplace. or a ministry inspector has reason to believe that the joint right to stop work will not be sufficient to protect the workers from serious risk to their health or safety. the employer must reimburse the government for the wages. it may do one or both of the following: • declare that the employer is subject to the procedure for individual stoppage of dangerous work (explained below) for a specified period [section 46(5)(a)]. for a specified period. benefits and expenses of the inspector [section 46(8)]. the OLRB is guided by criteria that are prescribed in the Regulation respecting Unilateral Work Stoppage. In making a finding. Page No 46 . he or she may apply to the OLRB for a declaration against the employer [section 46(1)]. If the OLRB finds that the procedure for joint stoppage of dangerous work is not sufficient to protect the workers. 243/95 [section 46(6)]. The inspector can be assigned on a part-time or full-time basis [section 46(5)(b)]. Procedure for the Individual Right to Stop Dangerous Work This procedure applies to an employer against whom the OLRB has issued a declaration. It also applies to an employer who has advised the joint committee. to oversee the health and safety practices of the employer.

etc. the employer must promptly investigate. or failed to exercise. in a way that does not endanger anyone [section 47(3)]. the inspector will issue a written decision [section 47(5)]. Or a union representative may complain that an Page No 47 . The employer must do so immediately. [section 47(2)]. After stopping the work. their power to stop dangerous work. Either the certified member or an inspector can cancel a stop-work direction [section 47(7)].If a certified member finds that dangerous circumstances exist. After conducting the investigation. to cancel the direction [section 47(6)]. in the presence of the certified member [section 47(4)]. machinery. What happens if the certified member and the employer do not agree that dangerous circumstances exist? In such a case. The complaint must be filed not later than 30 days after the event that is the subject of the complaint [section 49(2)]. the employer can ask the certified member. After taking steps to remedy the dangerous circumstances. he or she can direct the employer to stop work or to stop using any part of the workplace or any equipment. or an inspector. For example. either party may ask an inspector to investigate. tools. an employer might complain to the OLRB about a worker certified member who refuses to agree with the employer certified member to cancel a stop-work direction after adequate remedial action has been taken. They may be named in a complaint to the OLRB that they recklessly or in bad faith exercised. Responsible Use of the Right to Stop Work Certified members are accountable for the responsible use of their authority to stop work in dangerous circumstances. Who may make a complaint about a certified member? Any worker in the workplace. an employer or a representative of the union (if there is one) can file a complaint about a certified member [section 49(1)].

The certified member must be paid by the employer at the applicable rate [section 48(2)].employer certified member refused to agree to a stop-work direction in circumstances that were clearly dangerous. the complaint goes directly to the OLRB. for approving certification training programs. or has given evidence in a proceeding about the enforcement of the Act. Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) | A Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act Certification of Joint Committee Members The WSIB is responsible for developing the standards that must be met in order for a joint committee member to become certified. and for certifying persons who meet its standards [section 4(1) paragraphs 4 and 5 of the WSI Act]. the Act or regulations. This includes any time spent in a stop-work situation or a work refusal. Are certified members paid while carrying out their duties? The time spent by a certified member in carrying out duties is considered worktime. This decision could include an order to de-certify the certified member [section 49(4)]. or has sought the enforcement of. What can the OLRB decide? The OLRB decides whether the complaint is valid and can make any order that it considers appropriate. he or she is protected from employer reprisals of any kind. If the member has acted in compliance with. The decision of the OLRB is final [section 49(5)]. Can a certified member be disciplined by the employer? Certified members are protected from employer reprisals in exactly the same way as workers who refuse unsafe work. Page No 48 . In either case.

As mentioned above. The WSIB can also set standards for and fund first-aid training [section 4(1) paragraph 10 of the WSI Act]. Designated organizations are eligible for financial assistance from the WSIB but must operate in accordance with the WSIB's standards. Other Functions Other functions of the WSIB are: • the funding of occupational health and safety research [section 4(1) paragraph 9 of the WSI Act]. to advise the Minister of Labour about matters related to occupational health and safety that are referred to the board or brought to its attention [section 4(1) paragraph 11 of the WSI Act]. Clinics and Safety Associations The WSIB establishes standards for the governance. the WSIB has the authority to approve certification training programs. Under section 4(1) paragraph 3 of the WSI Act. workers and other persons about occupational health and safety. If a designated organization does not meet these standards. Employer Accreditation The WSIB has the authority to develop standards for the accreditation of employers who adopt health and safety policies and operate successful health and safety programs and can accredit employers who meet these standards [section 4(1) paragraphs 6 and 7 of the WSI Act]. the WSIB can reduce its funding or assume control of its operations [sections 6 and 7 of the WSI Act]. • Page No 49 .Education and Training The WSIB has several areas of responsibility that relate to education and training. training centres and clinics and has the authority to designate organizations that meet these standards. the WSIB is to educate employers. Health and Safety Training Centres. function and operations of safety associations.

• to promote public awareness of occupational health and safety [section 4(1) paragraph 1 of the WSI Act]. Page No 50 .