FUNCTIONS OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE
2.1 To attain the spirit of The Act, the functions
of the Joint Committee shall be:
to identity, evaluate and recommend a resolution of all matters pertaining
to health and safety in the YUFA workplace to appropriate senior
b) to recommend adequate education and
training programs in order that all employees are knowledgeable of their
rights, restrictions, responsibilities and duties under The Act; and
c) to address matters related to The Act and
attendant Regulations (for example: Designated Substances and Workplace
Hazardous Materials Information System -WHMIS) and to receive reports or
portions of reports that relate to health and safety.
2.2 YUFA members of the Joint Committee shall
designate one of their members or alternate to inspect the physical
condition of a portion of the YUFA workplace. Where and when possible, a
manager shall accompany the YUFA representative.
The YUFA workplace, or part thereof, shall be inspected once per month.
Workplace inspection schedules shall be undertaken in accordance with a
schedule established by the Joint Committee, with the entire YUFA
workplace being inspected at least annually. Efforts shall be made
to coordinate inspections with other bargaining unit joint committees.
2.3 All health and safety concerns raised during
the physical inspection shall be recorded on a “Workplace Inspection
Report” form (sample attached), signed by the Joint Committee member
performing the inspection.
2.4 The “Workplace Inspection Report” form
will be forwarded to the appropriate area Health & Safety Officer and
to the Department of Occupational
Health and Safety (“DOHS”) for inclusion in the Joint Committee
file, normally within two days of the inspection. The Area Health &
Safety Officer shall return copies of the completed report to the
inspecting representative and Joint Committee file, in care of DOHS,
normally within 14 days of receipt of the report.
RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE
2.5 The Vice-President (Finance) or appropriate
designate(s) shall respond, in writing, within 21 days of receipt, with
regard to written Joint Committee recommendations. A copy of the
recommendations shall be attached to the minutes (sample attached). The
written response shall indicate the Employer’s assessment of the Joint
Committee’s recommendation and specify what action will or will not
(with explanations) be implemented as a result of the recommendation. Any
proposed action by the Employer shall include details of who will be
responsible for such action and a proposed time frame.
ACCIDENTS AND ACCOMPANIMENT
2.6 (a) YUFA members of the Joint Committee will
designate one of their members and/or alternates to investigate accidents,
which have caused or have the potential to cause serious injury in the
(b) Co-chairs may approve the investigation of
other incidents, which have the potential for serious injury. Approval
will not be unreasonable denied.
(c) The investigating member shall submit a
written report of the findings and recommendations to the Joint Committee
and, if appropriate under Section 9(31), to the Ministry
of Labour (MOL).
(d) If no qualified YUFA committee member is
available and the situation warrants it, a certified worker member from
another Joint Health and Safety Committee may be asked to assist in the
investigation. This member shall submit a written report of the findings
to the YUFA Joint Health and Safety Committee, and if appropriate under
Section 9(31), to the MOL.
2.7 Management and YUFA members
of the Joint Committee will each designate one of their own members and/or
alternates, if necessary, to accompany the MOL Inspector while carrying
out Ministry inspections of the workplace.
2.8 YUFA members of the Joint Committee will
designate one of their members and/or alternates, if required, to be
present during a work refusal investigation.
2.9 The Joint Committee shall be consulted
concerning proposed workplace testing strategies related to industrial
hygiene. A YUFA member from the Joint Committee shall be entitled to be
present at the beginning of such tests if the member believes that his/her
presence is required to ensure that valid testing procedures are used or
to ensure that the test results are valid.
MINUTES OF MEETINGS
3.1 The Employer shall provide a secretary to
record the minutes of the meeting and be responsible for having the
minutes typed, circulated and filed, normally within two weeks of the
meeting or as the Joint Committee may, from time to time, instruct.
Minutes of the meeting will be reviewed and edited by the co-chairs. The
edited minutes will be circulated to all Joint Committee members and to
senior management on the Joint Committee mailing list. The approved
minutes will be kept readily available in a proper filing system in DOHS.
YUFA will continue to receive copies of all Joint Health and Safety
3.2 Agenda items will be identified by a reference
4.1 A Joint Committee meeting must have a quorum
of 50% of the members, with a minimum of two members from each party and
least one co-chair, in order to conduct business. If a co-chair is absent,
his/her counterpart will chair the meeting. The two parties will have an
equal number of votes.
PAYMENT FOR ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS
5.1 The Employer will provide one course release
to be allocated to the committee members.
6.1 The co-chairs will prepare an agenda and
forward copies to all Joint Committee members at least one week in advance
of the meeting.
6.2 The Joint Committee may accept any item as
proper for discussion and resolution pertaining to health and safety,
except to amend, alter, subtract from or add to any terms of the YUFA
Collective Agreement or the policiees and regulations of the University.
It is understood that the foregoing will not include any issue being dealt
with pursuant to the grievance and arbitration procedure.
6.3 All items raised from the agenda in meetings
will be dealt with on the basis of consensus.
6.4 All items that are or are not resolved will be
reported in the minutes. Unresolved items will be minuted and placed on
the agenda for the next meeting.
6.5 It is understood that any unresolved Health
and Safety issue can be the subject of a grievance.
7.1 These Guidelines provide a
framework for an effective, functioning Joint Health and Safety Committee.
References can be made to The Act and its Guidebook.
7.2 Subject to the introduction of new
legislation, the committee on an annual basis should review these
7.3 Any amendments, deletions or additions to
these Guidelines must have the approval of the University and the Union.
The approved changes shall be incorporated into these Guidelines.
7.4 All employees will be encouraged to discuss
health and safety problems with their Area Health and Safety Officer
before bringing them to the attention of the Joint Committee.
7.5 The Joint Committee members will thoroughly
investigate all complaints and will discuss the facts when searching for a
resolution to the complaints. All problem resolutions will be reported in
7.6 All Joint Committee members will keep
confidential all medical information, secret manufacturing processes or
trade secrets acquired, obtained, made or received under the provisions of
the Occupation Health and Safety Act.
7.7 The Employer must prepare and review at least
annually a written Occupational Health and Safety policy and must develop
and maintain a program to implement that policy [Section 25(2)(J)]. It is
the responsibility of the Joint Committee to make recommendations to the
Employer concerning the establishment, maintenance and monitoring of these
programs [Section 9(18) c].
Signed at North York, Ontario, this 13th of September 2001.
YUFA JOINT HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
NOTICE OF JOINT HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
TO: Vice-President (Finance)
COMMITTEE FINDINGS: (background information including attachments if
Please note that under Section 9(20) and 9(21) of The Occupational Health
and Safety Act (see overleaf) you are required to respond in writing to
this Committee Recommendation within 21 days.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT
Section 9 (20)
A constructor or employer who receives written recommendations from a
committee shall respond in writing within twenty-one days.
Section 9 (21)
A response of a constructor or employer under subsection (20) shall
contain a timetable for implementing the recommendations the constructor
or employer agrees with and give reasons why the constuctor or employer
disagrees with any recommendations that the constuctor or employer does