Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

Safety Committees & Representatives


Everyone is responsible for safety in the workplace.

In addition to this joint responsibility, there are people in the workplace whose role is to provide an opportunity for workers to express safety concerns and have them addressed. Depending on the size of your workplace, this role is filled by an Occupational Health and Safety Committee or a Health and Safety Representative.

Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committees




A Joint Occupational Safety and Health (JOSH) Committee is a group of worker and employer representatives who work together to address health and safety issues in their workplace.

If your workplace employs twenty or more workers, the law on Prince Edward Island says that a Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (committee) must be established.

The committee is composed of a group of worker and employer representatives who work together to address health and safety issues in their workplace and provide a link between management and staff, so that health and safety solutions can be developed, together.

Responsibilities of the JOSH Committee include:
  • Meeting at least once per month and posting the minutes from the meetings.
  • Establishing rules of procedure.
  • Participating in regular inspections and investigations of incidents.
  • Making recommendations to the employer for improvements on health and safety issues.
  • Encouraging workers to first report hazards and concerns to their supervisor.
To learn more, download our Guide to Occupational Health and Safety Committees, or view our Occupational Health and Safety Committee video above.

Health & Safety Representatives


If your workplace has between five and nineteen workers, a Health and Safety Representative is required.

A Health and Safety Representative is a worker who has no managerial functions and who is selected by workers or their union.

The role of the Health and Safety Representative is to help collaborate with workers to identify any health and safety issues and to present these concerns to management. The Representative acts as the link between the employers and workers, so that health and safety solutions can be developed, together.

Responsibilities of the Health and Safety Representative include:
  • Participating in regular inspections and investigations of incidents.
  • Making recommendations to the employer for improvements on health and safety issues.
  • Encouraging workers to report hazards and concerns to their supervisor.
The WCB has a number of tools and publications designed to assist health and safety committees and representatives. We also offer workshops and seminars that provide information on requirements under the OHS Act and the development of health and safety programs in your workplace.

For more information contact us. Our Occupational Health and Safety staff are available to answer your questions.