What is Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act?
The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act sets out the responsibilities for health and safety in the workplace. As an employer, you must do everything you reasonably can to ensure the safety and health of your workers.
Occupational Health and Safety In Alberta’s Workplaces
The Alberta OHS Act applies to most workers and employers in the province. As such, most business owners with one or more employees must maintain health and safety in their organizations. if you are an employer, it is your duty to:
- Maintain and reinforce safe work practices.
- Conduct workplace risk assessments.
- Eliminate or control identified hazards.
- Ensure employees who may be affected by hazards are appropriately trained.
This is not a complete list of all your duties. It is just a summary of the most critical things you must do to keep your workers safe.
If you are unsure about any of the above, reach out to Employer Line’s experts today. Our HR advisors offer free over-the-phone advice to help business owners stay compliant. Whether you’re a landscaper or need help with your office OHS policy, we’re here to help you.
What are the Penalties for Non-Compliance With Occupational Health and Safety Act?
Non-compliance can lead to fines, orders of closure, and at worst, time in court. As such, Alberta’s OHS regulations are enforced with inspections and investigations. OHS officers are authorized to:
- Enter your work site.
- Look at and copy relevant documents.
- Inspect and take samples.
- Interview your workers.
- Issue compliance orders.
- Write on-the-spot tickets for specific occupational safety violations.
Tickets can range from $100 to $500 per violation (plus an extra 15% victim surcharge). Administrative penalties, on the other hand, can reach a max. of $10,000 per day, per violation.
In sum, knowing and meeting your OHS Act duties is critical to your bottom line. And having an OHS management system in place or access to expert advice is the best to keep workers safe and avoid fines.
Need help with Alberta’s OHS Act?
The OHS Act is not straightforward. Understanding every rule, regulation, and update takes up a lot of time. And keeping up with best practices when it comes to occupational health and safety in the workplace in order to maintain productivity is just as hard.
That’s where our team can help. Employer Line’s HR experts are here to offer free advice to keep your workplace and staff healthy & safe. We’re here to make Alberta’s OHS legislation simple for business owners.
Speak with our experts today at 1 (888) 219-8767.