The objective of the Ontario Fire Service Advisory Committee on Occupational Health & Safety
under Section 21 of the Occupational Health & Safety Act is to advise and make recommendations on matters relating to the occupational health and safety of all firefighters in the Province of Ontario.
To develop a Manual of Health and Safety Guidance Notes for fire services in Ontario. This manual will outline recommended equipment and procedures to be used by workers in the fire service to prevent injury or illness, and will comply with the intent and provisions outlined in the Act.
To ensure, as far as is possible, that the guidance is applicable and acceptable to both employers and workers in Ontario, and results in improved information being available to the fire service, to assess equipment and procedures against recommended practice.
The committee will be composed of an equal number of representatives from management and labour, as outlined below. The committee will be co-chaired by representatives selected from each side, with secretariat being provided by the Ministry of Labour.
Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association 4
Fire Fighters’ Association of Ontario 2
Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs 4
Association of Municipalities of Ontario 2
The Ontario Fire Service Health and Safety Advisory Committee was established February 6, 1989, to deal with health and safety issues as they arise in the fire service sector.
Earlier versions of this committee have served this purpose since 1980.
This bipartite committees agendas are set at a meeting between co-chairs and the MOL, one month before a scheduled meeting. Other MOL observers/advisors attend as necessary.
The committees mission is to:
Task Groups are established from time-to-time, to perform specific tasks. One such task group developed this guidance manual.
Members are encouraged to conduct their own investigations/research and obtain advice from appropriate parties, as deemed necessary.
Some of the issues that the Section 21 Committee has successfully dealt with in the past include: application and wording of the protective equipment regulation for fire fighters; certification and testing of protective clothing; vehicle requirements; hiring of fire service special projects officer; and heat stress.