What is the Occupational Health and Safety Act?

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act sets out your responsibilities as an employer to maintain health and safety in the workplace. Employers must do everything they reasonably can to protect the health and safety of your employees under the OHS Act.

An Overview of Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act for Employers

Alberta’s OHS Act applies to most workers and employers in the province. There are some exemptions, such as domestic workers and federally-regulated workers. However, most business owners with one or more employees are responsible for maintaining health and safety at work.

As an employer, it is your duty to:

  • Maintain and reinforce all safe workplace practices
  • Conduct a workplace hazard assessment
  • Implement effective measures to eliminate or control any hazards that are identified
  • Ensure that all employees who may be affected by hazards in the workplace are trained appropriately

It is important to ask an expert to review your current workplace practices to ensure your business is compliant.

Occupational Health and Safety Act Penalties

OHS officers conduct inspections and investigations to enforce the OHS Act. They are authorized to enter your work site, look at and copy relevant documents, inspect and take samples, interview your workers, and issue compliance orders.

Anyone found violating the OHS Act or disregarding an OHS officer’s orders may be ticketed or face administrative penalties. An OHS Officer has the authority to write immediate, on-the-spot tickets for specific violations of the OHS Act that put health and safety at risk. Ticket amounts can range from $100 to $500 per violation, plus a 15% victim surcharge. Administrative penalty amounts are a maximum of $10,000 per day, per violation. It is extremely important to ensure you are well-versed when it comes to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Is Your Business Compliant?

The OHS Act is not straightforward, and it can be difficult to understand the regulations required of employers. Our team of HR experts can help protect your business when it comes to keeping your workplace healthy and safe. Call our free employer advice line today at: 1 (888) 219-8767.