Joint Health and Safety Committee

Health and Safety A-Z

Topic: Joint Health and Safety Committee


A central principle of health and safety is that those people most at risk should be able to participate in and contribute to the development of effective health and safety programs and practices. For this reason the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires an advisory, joint (i.e. union and management) health and safety committee that meets on a regular basis.

Trent has a single, multi-workplace Joint Health and Safety Committee that operates under a Terms of Reference approved by the Minister of Labour. The Committee, which is advisory to the President, consists of 11 members, 4 appointed by the University, 3 by OPSEU, 2 by TUFA, 1 appointed by CUPE Unit 1 and 1 by CUPE Unit 2. Committee members meet monthly from September through June. Members also conduct monthly inspections of University buildings, inspecting all buildings annually.

Members are available to help answer your questions or bring forward any concerns you might have.

Committee member names and contact information, minutes and inspection reports can be found on the H&S website and portal. Much of this information can also be found on the green H&S bulletin boards located in every University building.

For more information see:

Ministry of Labour Guide for Joint Health and Safety Committees

The Occupational Health and Safety Act, s. 9

Additional Resources:

The green Health and Safety bulletin boards found in every University building the Health and Safety website

The Health and Safety Portal 


Last Revised: November 3, 2015