Update June 6, 2018
Alberta Health and Safety News June 2018
The following new bulletins will help guide you through the new legislative requirements. Lots of new information and resources!
Update May 28, 2018
Alberta Government News Release: New rules mean safer workplaces May 28, 2018
Update May 17, 2018
Bill 30: Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans OHS Act Changes presented by the Ministry of Labor at the annual membership meeting May 4, 2018
ALIGN has some good news to share with our member agencies. We were successful in obtaining a 2018 Occupational Health and Safety Innovation and Engagement Grant in partnership with the Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships (AASP) from the Ministry of Labour to provide free training to representatives of member agencies who are interested in developing and implementing a formal Health and Safety Management System.
With the many changes brought about by Bill 17 in January 2018, and the amendments coming to the Occupational Health and Safety Act on June 1, 2018 through Bill 30: An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans; agencies will have had many new things to learn and become educated in as well as continuing to do the necessary every day work of supporting Alberta’s most vulnerable children and families.
Learn more about our partners and what this means to your agency: Read full ALIGN OHS Training Grant Memo Spring 2018pdf
Alberta Government New Resources
Alberta Labour in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has developed a free introductory course for Alberta residents to help committee co-chairs and representatives
Learn about changes to Alberta’s OHS Act through interactive webinars.
OHS Publications Online Store contains OHS bulletins, fact sheets, manuals and other health and safety documents for workers, employers and prime contractors.
Do you need a joint work site health and safety committee or representative on multiple work sites?
Alberta Government Health and Safety eNews Special Edition 2018
As you know, last fall the Government of Alberta made important changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. These changes provide Albertans with the same rights that Canadians across the province already had ,and were the first significant updates in decades. On June 1, those changes will come into force. If you have questions, go to Ask An Expert or call the Contact Centre toll-free at 1-866-415-8690.
ALIGN will be completing the survey – if member agencies have any questions please email email@example.com
Albertans can provide written submissions until April 9, 2018. Specific rules regarding harassment and violence, as well as training and operation of the joint work site health and safety committees, will be added to OHS regulations on June 1.
- Highlights of OHS changes (PDF, 159 KB)
- Sign up for an OHS webinar
- OHS regulations consultation
- OHS changes
- WCB Employer Fact Sheet New Legislation—Know Your Obligations March 2018
Correspondence to ALIGN E.D. from Alberta Labour re Bill 30 March 2018
Dear Rhonda Barraclough,
Last year the Government of Albertatook an important step in improvingthe health and safety of workingAlbertans by modernizing the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act) and aligning Alberta’s approach to workplace safety with that of other Canadian jurisdictions. With valuable input from a wide range of industry and labour stakeholders, as well as ordinary Albertans, the new Act comes into force on June 1, 2018.
The new Act contains provisions on harassment and violence, and requires that many Albertan work sites have a joint work site health andsafety committee or a health andsafety representative. Thesechanges better reflect the way that Albertans work, as well as the hazards that they face on the job. They also bring to our province the best practices and requirements for health and safety from the rest of Canada; however, regulatory changes are needed to give full effect to these new provisions.
You/your organization is invited to provide written feedback on proposed regulation (see attachment) for workplace harassment and violence, as well as for the establishment, functions, and training for joint work site health and safety committees and health and safety representatives.
This Discussion Guide with proposed content is available here. You may also view the Discussion Guide at Labour website. Please fill out the questions in the attached guide and email to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 9, 2018.
Your input will help to ensure that Alberta’s OHS legislation is clear, comprehensive, and meaningful. Thank you in advance for participating and helping to make Alberta the best place to live and work in Canada.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Lenore Neudorf Assistant Deputy Minister Strategy and Policy Alberta Labour