Committees made up of union and employer appointed representatives need to be established in every workplace that normally directly employs 20 workers or more, according to Section 135 of the Canada Labour Code Part II.
Policy health and safety committees must be established where an employer has 300 or more employees. This committee takes a more strategic approach to health and safety in an organization by dealing with global issues.
While some employers try to limit the size of these committees, it's important that the committee have a represenative on it from every part of the workplace.
The union should ensure its workplace committee reps get training.