Health & Safety Representatives play an important role in our workplaces—working with the employer to address and improve health and safety conditions at work.
The requirement to have Health & Safety Representatives, including designated staff who conduct regular inspections of the workplace, is outlined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
If you are interested in becoming a Health & Safety Representative, please click Start below and complete an application.
To be eligible to be appointed, you must:
Have a home position, acting position, or fixed-term contract in the AMAPCEO bargaining unit (if on a fixed-term contract, have 12 or more months remaining on the contract); and
Commit to taking the training required by Section 4 of the appointment policy (linked in the section below).
In the application below, you will be asked to:
This information will be shared with the AMAPCEO Board's Health, Safety & Wellness Committee. You may be contacted with additional questions about your application.
Depending on the number of people employed at your workplace, you may be enlisted to serve as a Health & Safety Representative, as an AMAPCEO representative on your local Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC), or as a Health & Safety Resource. AMAPCEO provides training at no cost to you.
Appointment and Renewal Policy for Health & Safety Representatives and Health, Safety & Wellness Resources »
Health and Safety Representatives work in conjunction with their fellow workers, supervisors and employers to report and address safety concerns. As a Representative or member of a JHSC, you will be responsible for the following:
A Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) is an advisory group made up of both management and worker representatives who work together to identify health and safety problems and recommend solutions. Typically, workplaces with 20 or more regularly employed workers are required to have a Committee that’s equally represented by management and workers including its two Co-Chairs. In workplaces where there are between 6 and 19 regularly employed workers, the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires the appointment of a Health and Safety Representative rather than a Committee.
Appointments are made by the AMAPCEO Board of Directors and consist of a two-year term that is renewable. As part of this work, Representatives and designated committee members are expected to conduct regular (monthly) inspections of the workplace to help identify hazards and thereby prevent or mitigate injuries.
As a member of a local JHSC, you should also expect to meet once every three months to discuss tabled matters for approximately one to two hours (variable). Additional commitments may be required of the two Committee Co-Chairs (e.g. drafting the agenda, chairing meetings in rotation).
Your responsibilities as a representative or committee member, however, are considered part of your normal job duties and does not require union leave from the workplace. You will continue to be paid by the employer for your health and safety work.
Your employer must provide training to representatives participating on Joint Health and Safety Committees. At a minimum, they must ensure one JHSC member representing workers and one representing management has completed a training program approved by the Ministry of Labour. Employers will soon be required to train Health and Safety representatives in smaller workplaces without a JHSC.
As part of our membership education program, AMAPCEO organizes periodic training and information-sharing opportunities for all of our health and safety representatives. Health and safety representatives also receive activist newsletters regularly during the year and are invited to participate in events organized by their District Executives.
For more information on the role and application process of Health & Safety Representatives, please contact Rob Harris, Labour Relations Specialist at email@example.com, or your current Health & Safety Representative.