Joint Health & Safety Committees

Updated: February 6, 2024

Staff, faculty and librarians at the University of Toronto Mississauga converge for a meeting (photo by Lisa Sakulensky)The University of Toronto, as an employer, is responsible under the Ontario Occupational Health & Safety Act for establishing and maintaining joint health and safety committees (JHSC) in the workplace. These committees, consisting of representatives of workers and management, serve to provide consultation and meaningful input from employees in matters relating to health and safety on an on-going basis.

As the University is a large, diverse organization which is widely dispersed geographically, a number of JHSCs have been established based on academic faculties and departments or employee unions. Environmental Health & Safety monitors the operations of these JHSC and may provide administrative support as needed.