The role of the Service-Wide Committee on Occupational Health and Safety (SWOHS) is to participate in the development and review of all Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat policies, programs and issues relating to occupational health and safety. The SWOHS Committee provides advice and leadership to the departmental or agency policy committees.
Committee Advisor: David.Le@njc-cnm.gc.ca
Quarterly Report to the National Joint Council (September 2017)
- The Committee has met twice (2) since the last Council meeting and Committee members have taken part in a JEEC/SWOHS Sub-Committee which has met three (3) times.
- The Committee welcomed a new Employer Side member, Nathalie Dufresne-Meek, from CSC.
- The Committee released a series of Communiqués to better assist Departments/Agencies and Policy Health and Safety Committees with respect to various health and safety issues:
- Memo from the SWOHS to Departments concerning policy committee responsibilities for the management of asbestos;
- Communiqué on Work Place Violence Investigations and appointing a Competent Person;
- Frequently Asked Questions – Work Place Violence Investigations and appointing a competent person;
- Memo on Creating Links with Policy Committees.
- Communiqués were circulated to Policy Committee Co-Chairpersons and Departmental/Agency Liaison Officers and posted on the NJC Website.
- The Committee has been very active in providing feedback and recommendations on various OHS initiatives currently ongoing in the Public Service. Such initiatives in which the Committee has been asked to provide input on include:
- TBS’ Occupational Health and Safety Environmental Scan which was aimed at analyzing the gaps that exist within departments;
- TBS’ Policy Reset – Towards a Public Service Free From Harassment and Sexual Violence; and
- A draft of the third report from the Joint Taskforce on mental Health in the Workplace which is intended to be a step-by-step implementation guide for the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
- The Committee, along with additional participants, had conducted a table-top exercise in June with the intent to produce an assessment tool that could be used by Departments/Agencies to assess the psychological health and safety of the workplace.
- As mentioned by the Co-Chair of JEEC, the Service-Wide Committee on Occupational Health and Safety is interested in modifying the Guarding Minds at Work Survey in order for it to be used by Departments/Agencies to assess the psychological health and safety of the workplace. As such, the JEEC/SWOHS sub-committee will continue its work and hopes to have a finished product by the end of September. It is believed that this survey will be a useful tool to assess the psychological health of the Public Service.
Next meeting: January 18, 2018