To be effective, the JHSC must be masters of RACE
Used effectively, the Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) can be used as a driving force toward organizational objectives. To be effective, the JHSC must be masters of RACE:
R – Recognize
A – Assess
C – Control
E – Evaluate
It’s easy to recite the acronym and what it stands for, but what does RACE mean, and why must the JHSC be RACE experts?
Recognize — Assess — Control — Evaluate
The JHSC and RACE
The primary purpose of the JHSC is to serve as an advisory committee. They advise on recommendations to control identified hazards to make the workplace safer. To do this, JHSC members must be able to recognize hazards, assess the severity of the hazard, recommend a control, and then evaluate the effectiveness of the control.
R - Recognizing Hazards
Each month, the JHSC must conduct workplace inspections and identify hazards. If they don’t know what may be considered a hazard, it is challenging to identify hazards, and even more challenging to put controls in place.
For example, a worker member of the JHSC identifies that there is debris blocking an emergency exit, creating a hazard.
A - Assessing Hazards
C - Control
E - Evaluate
It’s tempting to set a control in place and then forget about it. However, without evaluation, that control may not be as effective as it could be. Be sure to evaluate the controls for effectiveness and that what was meant to be controlled is being controlled. You’ll also want to ensure that the control isn’t causing undesired consequences.
To conclude our example, an evaluation of the signage control would be as simple as ensuring that everyone is complying and that the debris hasn’t built up again. If it has, it may be beneficial to consider other controls. When reviewing the policy control, ensure that it didn’t have the unintended consequence of causing debris buildup in other areas causing additional hazards.
To ensure that your JHSC members are RACE masters,
they need to be JHSC Certified
they need to be JHSC Certified
To ensure that your JHSC members are RACE masters, they need to JHSC certified. JHSC certification training covers RACE in great detail so that all certified members have an understanding of RACE and can apply it effectively in the workplace.
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Training is key when it comes to having an effective and efficient JHSC. When all members are trained, they have a basic health and safety foundation and can recognize, assess, and control hazards, and then evaluate the effectiveness of those controls.
MidSouthWest Training and Consulting provides JHSC training in association with Langlois Safety Training and Consulting Services, an approved CPO Provider. We offer in-house and on-site JHSC Part One, Part Two, and Refresher training. You can trust MidSouthWest Training and Consulting to provide you with cost-effective training solutions tailored to meet your organization’s unique health and safety needs.
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Last updated October 5, 2020