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Alberta government to review occupational health and safety system


Edmonton – The Alberta government is launching a review of the province’s health and safety system, which has not been revamped since 1976. Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act sets minimum standards for workplace health and safety and lists the roles and responsibilities of both employees and employers.

The review examines the legislation, as well as our compliance, enforcement, education. awareness and prevention efforts. Topics include:

  • clarifying employer and worker responsibilities in legislation
  • improving worker engagement in OHS
  • renewed focus on illness and injury prevention

“Alberta workplaces and the nature of Albertans’ work have changed significantly during the past 40 years. We need to make sure the province’s laws and best practices are helping keep Albertans safe at work,” stated Alberta minister of labour, Christina Gray.

Along with an online survey and written submissions, the review will include roundtable sessions with employers, employees, academics and health and safety associations.

Albertans may participate in the review by completing an online survey at alberta.ca/ohs-review and by sending written comments or submissions to lbr.review@gov.ab.ca. Submissions will be accepted until Oct. 16, 2017.

Source: Government of Alberta