Occupational safety and health committee

Occupational safety and health committee

Workplaces with at least 20 regular employees must have an occupational safety and health committee. It is the employer’s duty to set up the committee. Occupational safety and health committees are elected for two years at a time.

Both the employer and the employees must be represented on the occupational safety and health committee. The committee must have either four, eight or twelve members. One quarter of the members represent the employer, one half represent either clerical employees or other employees, whichever group is larger, and the remaining quarter of the members represent the smaller group of employees, unless otherwise agreed.

The employer’s representatives are appointed by the employer. The occupational safety and health manager always has the right to attend the meetings of the occupational safety and health committee even if they are not a member.

All occupational safety and health representatives are automatically members of the occupational safety and health committee. The employees’ other representatives are chosen on the basis of the same election procedure as the one used to elect occupational safety and health representatives.

The occupational safety and health committee is chaired by the employer, the employer’s representative or an elected member of the committee. The employer chooses a representative to prepare the agenda for the committee’s meetings.

Members of the occupational safety and health committee must not incur any expenses from serving on the committee. The members are remunerated for their time and reimbursed for any loss of earnings in the same manner as the occupational safety and health representative.