With amendments up to and including Alberta Regulation / Current as of text or text that has been amended since the last printing of the OHS Code. OHS enforces compliance with provincial laws through work site inspections, Ask an expert, sign up for OHS updates, search employer records, or access. An improved OHS system to better protect workers and ensure they have the Resources on specific changes to OHS laws will be added as they’re available.
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On November 27,Bill It is expected that it will be passed by the end of this week or early next week. These changes will have far reaching cost and operational implications for many employers in Alberta.
The public consultation portion of the OHS review closed on October 16 th.
Information provided through the consultation was used to prepare recommendations to the Government, which in turn have made their way into Bill It had been more than 30 years since OHS legislation underwent a comprehensive review. The key focuses of both legislation is on workers.
In terms of OHS it is on the three fundamental rights of workers:. Oy&s approach has resulted in a worker Code of Rights and Conduct being introduced. The effect is that there will be significant additional costs for employers and some uncertainty as the existing system is calibrated in accordance with the new legislation should it be adopted.
Alberta passes new health and safety law | Canadian Occupational Safety
What follows are some of the key changes proposed in Bill 30 and when they will take effect if the legislation is passed:. Stay tuned for our further analysis on these important issues, as alberrta is critical for employers to consider how Bill 30, if passed, will impact their operations.
Employers must also begin to consider how they will modify their existing operations and safety management systems to ensure that they are in compliance with their new obligations under the proposed laws. We plan to have a client seminar on this new legislation early in the new year. We hope that you will join us.
If you have questions regarding the impact of these changes, or steps you can take to reduce their impact, please do not hesitate to contact a Mathews Dinsdale lawyer in our Alberta office. Click here for downloadable version.
In terms of OHS it is on the three fundamental rights of workers: What follows are some of the key changes proposed in Bill 30 and when they will take effect if the legislation is passed: Employers and supervisors will be expressly obligated to ensure that no workers are subjected to or participate which could include simply witnessing it and not doing anything about it in harassment or violence at the work site.
Workers will be obligated to refrain from causing or participating in harassment or violence Domestic workers e.
Occupational health and safety changes
A joint work site health and safety committee is required at work sites with 20 or more workers and where work is expected to last 90 days or more. The committee must have at least 4 people and must meet at least quarterly A health and safety representative must be designated at work sites with 5 to 19 workers and where work is expected to last 90 days or more.
The employer or prime contractor if applicable must meet with the representative regularly to discuss health and safety matters, or if a special meeting is called by the representative to deal with urgent concerns at the work site Members of the joint work site health and safety committee or the health and safety representative must be paid for time spent on their duties in this roleand must receive training on their duties and functions The duties of the joint work site health and safety committee, or health and safety representative if applicable, will include: The new Act will include a presumption in favour of the worker that the discriminatory action was taken the onus will be on the employer to prove that the action was not discriminatory so solid record keeping and a proper rationalization that can be demonstrated will be key Expansion of the requirement for employers to establish health and safety programs Employers with 20 or more workers must establish a health and safety program that: The Occupational Health and Safety Council referred to in section 6 of the current OHS legislation will be dissolved Changes to the reporting requirements for serious injuries and incidents i.