The pre-meeting meeting

Preparation is everything for a smoothly run H&S committee
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/22/2002

In the past few years, the Durham District School Board (DDSB), just east of Toronto, has established some precedent setting health and safety policies.

The joint health and safety committee (JHSC) was the first to recommend banning laser pointers in schools — they cause retinal damage, explains worker co-chair Randy Scott — and they tackled the problem of mould in school portables before other boards recognized it as a problem.

“We were one of the first to test with moister meters for mould growth and that spread out across the province,” he says.