Yes, legislation states that:
“14(3) A committee shall consist of equal representation from both the employer and the employees, and the employer shall designate his representative or representatives and the employees shall designate their representative or representatives.”
Management has a legal responsibility to co-operate with the JHSC and address health and safety concerns. JHSC members can invite management to JHSC meetings. They may also request a meeting with management to provide more information on the safety topic and address any concerns.
If the JHSC has met with management and health and safety hazards are not resolved, the JHSC can contact WorkSafeNB for assistance. Call 1 800 999-9775 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A JHSC is required for any employer with 20 or more regularly employed employees at the workplace (employees attend the location to work in a predictable pattern). Reference WorkSafeNB | Start with safety – your responsibilities for information on responsibilities based on the number of employees in the workplace.
No. JHSC members do not have authority to discipline employees.