Occupational safety and health are critical issues in any workplace. Alberta has established detailed laws and regulations to ensure the safety and health of workers in all sectors.
In this article, we will explain the key components of Alberta’s occupational health and safety regulations and best practices for complying with these standards.
The purpose and scope of Alberta's OHS Act
The purpose of this law is to prevent injuries and illnesses in the workplace and ensure a safe and healthy working environment for workers. The law applies to all employers, workers, contractors, and subcontractors in Alberta.
Functions and responsibilities of employers, workers, and joint health and safety committees in the workplace
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace, ensuring that workers receive adequate training in occupational safety and health, and providing necessary personal protective equipment (PPE).
Workers, on the other hand, have the responsibility to work safely, cooperate with employers in identifying and eliminating hazards, and report any hazardous situations.
Meanwhile, joint health and safety committees in the workplace are responsible for advising employers and workers on occupational safety and health in the workplace.
Key components of Alberta's occupational health and safety regulations
Identification, evaluation, and control of hazards
Employers must identify and evaluate hazards and risks in the workplace, take measures to control them, and find ways to prevent injuries and illnesses.
Workplace inspections and incident reporting
These are necessary to ensure that occupational safety and health standards are met and to identify any hazardous situations. Employers must also report any workplace incidents or accidents to the competent authorities.
Worker training and competency requirements
Employers must provide regular training in occupational safety and health and ensure that workers are competent to perform their duties in a stable and hazard-free environment.
The impact of Alberta's OHS standards on workplace safety
By complying with these standards, companies can improve safety awareness and compliance, reduce workplace accidents and injuries, improve the well-being and productivity of workers, and strengthen a safety culture across all industries. Additionally, complying with these standards can help companies avoid fines and penalties for non-compliance.
Best practices for complying with Alberta's occupational health and safety standards
To comply with Alberta’s occupational health and safety standards, it is important for companies to develop and implement a comprehensive OHS program that includes policies, procedures, and practices to ensure the safety and health of workers. Best practices include: