Sexual Harassment Health and Safety Laws Unions Human Rights Workers' Compensation Civil Criminal Workplace Harassment Prevention Training Contact Us Apply Now

Occupational Health & Safety Committees and Representatives

Employers must consult and cooperate with Occupational Health and Safety Committees or Representatives to resolve health, safety and welfare concerns in a timely manner. In workplaces without a committee or a representative, employers must consult directly with workers.

Occupational Health and Safety Committees are required for any workplace with 10 or more employees. Some workplaces with between 5-9 workers are required to appoint an Occupational Health and Safety Representative.

Committees must have at least 2 members and not more than 12 members. Half of the members of the committee must be workers not connected to management.

Members of an committee or a representative are either elected by employees or appointed by a union, if there is one.

Employers are required to post the names of members of the committee or the name of the representative.

Duties of Committees and Representatives

Committees and representatives work with employers and workers to help create a healthy and safe work environment, including an environment free from harassment or violence.

The duties of committees and representatives include:

  • Helping employers identify and control health and safety hazards in the workplace.
  • Talking with workers about health and safety concerns and helping resolve their concerns.
  • Receiving and distributing information to workers about health and safety.

Employers must make sure that committee members or representatives have a reasonable opportunity to...

  • inform workers about their rights
  • receive and investigate concerns during regular working hours

The committee or representative must be provided time to do the above during regular working hours and without loss of pay or other benefits.

If the employer does not resolve a health and safety issue raised by a committee or representative they must provide the committee or representative with written reasons for not doing so. After this the employer, the committee, any member of the committee or the representative can refer the matter to an Occupational Health Officer.

Federally regulated workplaces that have 300 or more employees must have a Policy Health and Safety Committee. If the workplace has between 299 and 20 employees it must have a Workplace Health and Safety Committee. If there are less than 20 employees there must be Health and Safety Representative.

Duties of committees and representatives in federally regulated workplaces include...

  • identifying risks related to harassment and violence
  • developing preventative measures
  • implementing preventative measures
  • creating a workplace harassment and violence prevention policy
  • developing or identifying training on workplace harassment and violence
  • reviewing and updating the above as required

However, committees and representatives cannot investigate an occurrence of violence or harassment. These occurrences are reported to the employer or the person designated in the workplace's Harassment and Violence Prevention Policy.

Was it easy to find what you were looking for on this site?

Did the information on this site help you understand workplace sexual harassment?

Did the information on this site help you understand processes for dealing with workplace sexual harassment?

Was there information about workplace sexual harassment that you needed that was not on the site?

This site provides general information about workplace sexual harassment only. It is not a substitute for receiving legal advice about your situation. Apply now to receive 4 hours of free legal advice.

The Shift Project is funded by the Department of Justice and delivered by the Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA).

Privacy Policy | Social Media Policy