Health and safety committees or representatives – Know the facts 

Official title: Health and safety committees or representatives – Know the facts

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Part II (Occupational Health and Safety) of the Canada Labour Code aims to prevent workplace-related accidents and injury.

Workplace health and safety committees or representatives are required in all federally regulated workplaces, and comprise worker and management representatives who meet regularly to ensure safe and disease-free workplaces.

Who does Part II of the Canada Labour Code cover

Part II applies to interprovincial and international transportation, banks, telecommunications, broadcasting, shipping and related services, the grain industry, most Crown corporations, the federal public administration and more.

New: As of July 29, 2019, the Parliamentary Precinct will benefit from the same occupational health and safety protections as other federally regulated workplaces.

A list of federally regulated businesses and industries can be found at

Role and responsibilities

Workplace requirements

Number of employees up to 19 is required Health and Safety representative.

Number of employees 20 and up is required Workplace Health and Safety committee.

Number of employees 300 or more is required Policy Health and Safety committee

Where to start

Fact sheets, legislative services, courses/e-learning, publications, posters and additional resources about these committees are available in the Health and Safety Committees Section of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety website.

Other tools and resources

To learn more about workplace health and safety consult Workplace health and safety or contact the Labour Program
1-800-641-4049 Teletypewriter (TTY) 1-800-926-9105
#HealthAndSafety @Labour_ESDC

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