Health and Safety Committees in the Canadian Federal Jurisdiction CCOHS



Updated November 2015 to incorporate recent amendments to the Canada Labour Code, Part II, the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and the Policy Committees, Work Place Committees and Health and Safety Representatives Regulations.

The Canada Labour Code, Part II requires employers to provide health and safety training to members of policy and work place committees and health and safety representatives. The Health & Safety Committees in the Canadian Federal Jurisdiction e-course, developed by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), can be used as a part of the required training.

The course provides a practical introduction to policy and workplace health and safety committees and discusses the roles and responsibilities of a committee and its members. It offers guidance on how to establish a new committee, have it function effectively and how to resolve health and safety concerns. The course will help health and safety committee members and representatives bring the “internal responsibility system” into practice and help meet training requirements specified in the Canada Labour Code, Part II.

Topics include:

  • Legal requirements
  • Roles of committees
  • Committee structure
  • An effective committee
  • Resolving issues
  • Committee’s role in work refusals
  • Workplace inspections
  • Investigations

Upon completion of this course you will know about:

  • The purpose and duties of the health and safety committee
  • Your duties as a committee member
  • Responding to workplace health and safety concerns
  • Conducting workplace inspections
  • Investigating and reporting on accidents and incidents
  • Assisting in resolving workplace issues, including work refusals

Average time to complete this course is about 40-60 minutes.

Target Audience

  • Health and safety committee members in the Canadian federal jurisdiction
  • Health and safety representatives
  • Human resources personnel and managers



Delivery Method

This course is delivered as an on-line e-learning course. All you need is a computer, access to the Internet – and you are ready to go! This e-learning course is designed to help you learn at your own pace and in your own environment at your own convenience.


Registration for this course is provided online, or by contacting Client Services or calling 1-800-668-4284.

Review Process

CCOHS courses are unique in that they are developed by subject specialists in the field, and reviewed by representatives from labour, employers and government to ensure the content and approach are unbiased and credible.