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Canadian Food Inspection Agency - VM

NOSH Message-Summer 2014

Do you know that there are duties for the OSH committee under the Canada Labour Code, section 135(7). They go as follows:

(a) shall consider and expeditiously dispose of complaints relating to the health and safety of employees;

(b) shall participate in the implementation and monitoring of the program referred to in paragraph 134.1(4)(c);

(c) where the program referred to in paragraph 134.1(4)(c) does not cover certain hazards unique to the work place, shall participate in the development, implementation and monitoring of a program for the prevention of those hazards that also provides for the education of employees in health and safety matters related to those hazards;

(d) where there is no policy committee, shall participate in the development, implementation and monitoring of a program for the prevention of hazards in the work place that also provides for the education of employees in health and safety matters related to those hazards;

(e) shall participate in all of the inquiries, investigations, studies and inspections pertaining to the health and safety of employees, including any consultations that may be necessary with persons who are professionally or technically qualified to advise the committee on those matters;

(f) shall participate in the implementation and monitoring of a program for the provision of personal protective equipment, clothing, devices or materials and, where there is no policy committee, shall participate in the development of the program;

(g) shall ensure that adequate records are maintained on work accidents, injuries and health hazards relating to the health and safety of employees and regularly monitor data relating to those accidents, injuries and hazards;

(h) shall cooperate with health and safety officers;

(i) shall participate in the implementation of changes that might affect occupational health and safety, including work processes and procedures and, where there is no policy committee, shall participate in the planning of the implementation of those changes;

(j) shall assist the employer in investigating and assessing the exposure of employees to hazardous substances;

(k) shall inspect each month all or part of the work place, so that every part of the work place is inspected at least once each year; and

(l) where there is no policy committee, shall participate in the development of health and safety policies and programs.

Regards,

Dr. Ayman Soryal
PIPSC NOSH Co-Chair
VM Group/ Vice-President


Publish Date: 05-SEP-2014 08:23 AM
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