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MARCH 2016 - Joint Accident Investigations (JAIs)

Your store OH&S Committee is committed to having safe worksites. Properly filled out JAI forms are an essential part of doing so. Some of the problem areas during investigations include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Failure to complete and submit forms on time
  • Failure to identify all causes, especially root causes
  • No corrective measures determined 
  • No delegation, timelines or follow-up                                                                                                                                                                   

We are concerned that there are some misunderstandings about how to fill out JAI forms, when they should be filled out, or whose responsibility it is to do so.

There are a number of resources available regarding the JAI process. The primary resource is the “Joint OHS Accident Investigation Handbook”. The handbook was sent out to the stores in the middle of February. If you have not seen it yet please look for it or ask your manager where you can find it. We urge everyone to become familiar with the handbook.  Once you have read the handbook you will be asked to sign an acknowledgement letter stating you are aware of the handbook and have read and understand your responsibilities when filling out JAIs. 

The handbook explains everyone’s Roles and Responsibilities, Preliminary Accident Investigation, Full Accident Investigation and sample guides for both. The handbook also offers a Joint Accident Investigation PowerPoint, WorkSafeBC Employer Incident Investigation Overview and at the back of the handbook there are templates for Joint Accident Investigation Forms (PSC38). 

Other resources that are available to you include the WorkSafe website, your Component 5 OH&S Committee (Contact info on the website) and Jason Dallavalle, the OH&S Safety Advisor for the LDB. 

If you have any feedback or questions about the handbook or questions about any other OH&S issues, please Contact Jason Dallavalle (Contact information in the handbook) or the other members of the OH&S committee.  

Your Committee wants to wish everyone a Safe and Hoppy Easter! 

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