Health & Safety Committees

The Workers Compensation Act requires that most Employers in the province have a Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC).

Due to the number of staff and workers at UBC and the diversity of occupations and relative hazards, UBC has chosen to implement three JOHSCs at the Okanagan Campus.

The three JOHSC’s are:

Committee Resources

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JOHSC – VP Students

UBC aims to provide a safe workplace for all employees, students, and visitors. In order to enhance our safety culture, UBC’s Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees (JOHSCs) are accountable directly to their Vice President’s portfolio.

The JOHSC – VP Students has the following members:

Jeff Stonehouse BCGEU Library Worker Representative
Kevin Kraft BCGEU Athletics Worker Representative
Amy Lauterbacher BCGEU Disability Resource Centre Worker Representative
Jean Bryans M&P Health & Wellness Employer Representative
Robyn Bunn M&P Student Experience Employer Representative
Jason McLeod Non-voting Health, Safety & Environment Committee Resource
Sherry Petkau Non-voting Student Experience Administrative Support

Terms of Reference

Meeting Minutes





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JOHSC – Provost & VP Research

UBC aims to provide a safe workplace for all employees, students, and visitors. In order to enhance our safety culture, UBC’s Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees (JOHSCs) are accountable directly to their Vice President’s portfolio.

The JOHSC – Provost & VP Academic has the following members:

Shannon Hohl BCGEU Engineering Worker Representative
Debbie Roberts FA Engineering Worker Representative
VACANT FA IKBSAS Worker Representative
Cathy Rush FA FHDS Worker Representative
Thomas Heilke FA COGS Worker Representative
Barb Jackson M&P IKBSAS Employer Representative
Kristen Schuppener M&P Education Employer Representative
Deanna Simmons M&P COGS Employer Representative
Cherie Michels Non-voting Health, Safety & Environment Committee Resource
Kimberly Lange Non-voting Health, Safety & Environment Administrative Support

Terms of Reference

Meeting Minutes





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JOHSC – VP Finance & Operations

UBC aims to provide a safe workplace for all employees, students, and visitors. In order to enhance our safety culture, UBC’s Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees (JOHSCs) are accountable directly to their Vice President’s portfolio.

The JOHSC – VP Finance & Operations has the following members:

Nicola Kane BCGEU CP&D Worker Representative
Connor McGoran BCGEU Facilities Worker Representative
Jenifer Ma BCGEU Parking Worker Representative
Chris White BCGEU Facilities Worker Representative
Guy Guttman M&P SHHS Employer Representative
Roger Bizzotto M&P Facilities Employer Representative
Troy Campbell M&P Campus Security Employer Representative
Adrian Hingston Non-voting Health, Safety & Environment Committee Resource
Natalie Ingram Non-voting CORM Administrative Support

Terms of Reference

Meeting Minutes





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Local Safety Teams

A Local Safety Team is a joint committee made up of worker and University representatives working together to identify and resolve health and safety problems in their area. The committee coordinates and promotes health and safety activities in specific departments and liaises with local management representatives and the associated JOHSC and as necessary to resolve any safety concerns.

The role of the Local Safety Team is to:

  • Assist in creating a safe and healthy workplace
  • Assist with employee concerns relating to health and safety
  • Promote compliance with applicable rules and regulations
  • Participate in worksite inspections
  • Participate in incident/accident investigations
  • Accompany WorkSafeBC (WCB) officers on inspections
  • Make recommendations to senior management

For more information about Local Safety Committees, please contact Health, Safety and Environment at HSE.ok@ubc.ca or (250) 807-8821.





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Committee Training

All new members of a JOHSC are required to receive at least 8 hours of instruction and training as soon as practical, but no more than 6 months after being selected as a member of the JOHSC.

Currently, JOHSC member training opportunities are available through UBC Vancouver

– Module 1, WorkSafeBC (2 hour introductory) and the Employers’ Advisers Office (Module 1 – 4).

Okanagan-specific committee training is in development and will be available in early 2020.





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Committee Resources

Below you will find tools and templates to help you run your Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee (JOHSC):

University Health & Safety Policy

Under the Occupational and Research Health and Safety Policy SC1 (formerly Policy #7) UBC aims to eliminate unnecessary risks, injuries, and occupational diseases, from UBC’s workplace, teaching, and research environments. Refer to the full University Safety Policy.

JOHSC Minutes Template

JOHSC Recommendations Letter Template

JOHSC Terms of Reference Template






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UHSC (Historical Information)

The University Health and Safety Committee (UHSC) was a single committee that met the requirements of the Workers’ Compensation Act for UBC O prior to 2020. This committee was comprised of approximately fourteen members representing management and various employee groups on campus.

The University Health and Safety Committee reported to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) through the AVP of Finance and Operations.

Historical UHSC minutes can be found here