Handy up-to-date in-the-field reference to Saskatchewan's workplace health and safety requirements
Part of the HATSCAN HANDI-GUIDE Series
This handy, up-to-date, in-the-field reference contains the full text of the Saskatchewan Employment Act
, Parts I, III, IV, V and IX and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and the Radiation Health and Safety Act
and Regulations plus six interpretive chapters. Durable, light-weight, practical – it's perfect at the office or on any worksite. It is a great safety tool for supervisors, workers and safety leaders. It helps with worker training and increases worker and supervisor awareness of their responsibilities under workplace safety law.
Understand the recent changes to OHS legislation
Some of the OHS-related highlights from the Saskatchewan Employment Act include
- The Saskatchewan Employment Act came into force in late April 2014, following extensive consultation processes during 2012 and 2013
- The OHS-related provisions within the Saskatchewan Employment Act are included in five parts of the Act, most importantly under Part III of the Act, where key OHS duties are set out – and updated – for employers workers, supervisors, contractors, prime contractors, owners, suppliers, and self-employed persons
- The Saskatchewan Employment Act brings forward most aspects of the former OHS Act, while the OHS Regulations still remain in force, now under the Saskatchewan Employment Act
Get answers to questions about Prime Contractors
- Increased penalty amounts for offences under the Saskatchewan Employment Actor OHS Regulations, up to a maximum of $500,000 for individuals
- Fines up to $1.5 million for corporations that commit an offence
- Increased maximum penalties under Part 5 (Radiation Health and Safety) of the Saskatchewan Employment Act
- Under Part 4, Appeals, of the Saskatchewan Employment Act, a single avenue for appeals of OHS complaints and employment standards is created
A new Section 3-13 of the Saskatchewan Employment Act
places OHS duties upon prime contractors at certain multiple employer worksites, in the construction, forestry and oil & gas sectors.
As noted in the HANDI-GUIDE to Saskatchewan's OH & S Legislation
, the OHS (Prime Contractor) Regulations (associated with section 3-13 of the Act) are not in force until January 1, 2015.
Under Section 3-13, a prime contractor must be designated if there are 10 or more self-employed persons or workers under the direction of two or more employers. The requirement to designate a prime contractor applies only to three main industries: Construction (dwellings that have four units or more); Forestry; and Oil & Gas.
Learn more about Summary Offence Tickets
Another important part of the OHS regulatory framework is the Summary Offences Procedure Regulation, 2013.
The power to issue Summary Offence Tickets came into force as of July 1, 2014. Tables 49 and 50 of this regulation list the types of contraventions for which Summary Tickets can be issued under the Saskatchewan Employment Act
and OHS Regulations. Occupational Health Officers can now issue "on the spot" tickets to employers, contractors, owners, suppliers, supervisors, workers or self-employed persons. As discussed in the HANDI-GUIDE to Saskatchewan's OH & S Legislation
, the OHS Division issues a Notice of Contravention along with each Summary Offence Ticket.
includes the full text, summary and explanation of implications for employers of all legislative changes enacted since the publication of the most recent editions of the Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan Handi-Guides
- Alberta - amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Farming and Ranch Exemption Regulations and the Occupational Health and Safety Code 2009, extending basic occupational health and safety protections to paid non-family farm and ranch employees (S.A. 2015, c. 19)
- British Columbia - amendments to the Workers Compensation Act and Lower Maximum Administrative Penalties Regulation to improve workplace safety at sawmills and to improve the inspection and investigation regime in B.C. (S.B.C. 2015, c. 38; B.C. Regs. 194/2015, 195/2015)
- Manitoba - amendments to the Workplace Safety and Health Act and the Workplace Safety and Health Regulation to bring the province's WHMIS program into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) (Man. Reg. 129/15)
- Saskatchewan - amendment to the Saskatchewan Employment Act to bring the province's WHMIS program into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS} (S.S. 2015, c. 31)