Effective OHCs in Healthcare

Occupational Health Committees (OHCs) are required in the workplace under current Saskatchewan occupational health and safety legislation which sets out the structure for the workplace responsibility system (IRS). This is the primary mechanism for the employer and employees to work together and resolve health and safety concerns.

Following OHC Level I and Level II training, SASWH offers additional support to assist OHC members in applying the classroom theory to the workplace. The Effective OHCs in Health Care program consists of nine components to assist OHCs to become more effective as health and safety becomes standard daily work. Committee members will learn their responsibilities, help the employer identify and assess workplace hazards as well as develop and monitor policies, programs and plans. This will achieve the goal of having a safe work environment.

This course is designed to meet or exceed provincial legislation and industry best practices for occupational health committees.

Duration and Materials:
Each module is a one hour presentation. All modules can be completed in a four hour presentation. Handouts are available. The modules are:

  • OHC Orientation and Training – an overview of OHC member roles, responsibilities and how to create, support and contribute to a safe and healthy environment.
  • OHC Meeting Success – reviews meeting frequency, agenda, conduct, Minutes, quorum and co-chair responsibilities.
  • Terms of Reference – looks at the purpose and composition of terms of reference that includes meetings, co-chair duties, terms of office and reporting structure.
  • Effective OHC Members – will discuss duties and functions, attributes, how to select members and workforce engagement.
  • OHC Goal Setting – how to alignment with the organizations goals, knowing the organizations current situation.
  • Effective OHC Inspections – understanding the purpose, a high level review of the process, knowing the essentials and three types of an effective inspection. How inspections are a key component to the organization’s safety management system.
  • Effective Investigations – understanding the purpose, determining the root cause of incidents, making recommendations and identifying trends.
  • Developing Recommendations – includes the development of a formal recommendation, content and who should receive a recommendation.
  • Self-assessment Checklist – to benchmark progress and assist with goal setting.

Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of the legislation to reference, highlight, and flag and make notes in. Recommended class size is 25.

Target Audience:
OHC members; anyone who has leadership responsibilities for effective OHCs.

Specific Learning:
Highlights will be given to legislative responsibilities. Guidance and follow up is offered by SASWH.

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