The Powers of the Health and Safety Representative
A health and safety representative has the power to:
Identify Workplace Hazards
The health and safety representative has the power to identify workplace hazards. This power is usually exercised by conducting workplace inspections.
Obtain Information from the Employer
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Be Consulted about Workplace Testing
If the employer intends to do testing of any kind in or about the workplace and related to occupational health and safety, the representative has the right to be consulted before the testing takes place.
Make Recommendations to the Employer
The representative has the power to make recommendations to the employer on ways to improve workplace health and safety–the same power given to joint committees.
Investigate Serious Injuries
If a worker is killed or critically injured on the job, the representative has the right to inspect the scene where the injury occurred and any machine, equipment, substance, etc., that may be connected with it.
Request Information from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
The health and safety representative is entitled to request the same information from the WSIB that is available to a joint committee member. When this information is received from the WSIB, the employer must post it in the workplace, in a location where it is likely to be seen by the workers.