Understanding the Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Refresher Training Requirements
What is JHSC Refresher Training?
JHSC Refresher Training is a 1 day training class that reviews the key concepts from the JHSC Part 1 and Part 2 training courses, updates to legislation standards, codes of practice and occupational health and safety best practices; an opportunity for certified members to share and discuss best practices.
The 2016 Certification Standards require a JHSC Refresher course to be completed every 3 years but no refresher courses are required for employees who have completed the courses based on the 1996 Certification Standards (the 1996 Certification Standards are "grandfathered in").
Can I get an exemption from taking Refresher Training?
Yes. A certified member may request a one-time exemption from Refresher Training if they are an active member (must have engaged as a member of the JHSC within the past 12 months). This exemption would extend the required period for JHSC Refresher Training by an additional three years for the active member. Certified members need to request an extension from the MOL.
What happens if I do not take Refresher Training within three years?
If you do not take a JHSC Refresher Training program within three years of completing JHSC Part 2, and you did not receive a one-time exemption, your certification may be revoked by the CPO. If your certification is revoked, you will have to attend JHSC Part I & II certification 5 day course again, in order to be re-certified.
How do I know if I require JHSC Refresher Training?
If you completed both Part I and Part II on/after to March 1, 2016 then Refresher Training is required every 3 years.
If you completed only Part II on/after March 1, 2016 then Refresher Training is required every 3 years.
If you have completed both Part I and Part II before March 1, 2016 then you were trained based on the 1996 Certification Standards. As long as there are no new hazards in the workplace, you do not need to do Refresher Training for either Part I or Part II. Part II should be taken again if there are new hazards or a new workplace.
Last updated January 11, 2019