HANDI-GUIDE to Alberta's OH&S Act, Regulation and Code - 2018 Edition Book - Softbound


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HANDI-GUIDE to Alberta's OH&S Act, Regulation and Code - 2018 Edition is a practical tool for workers, supervisors, and employers. The guide provides timely insights and interpretation on the scope of Albertas OH&S legislation. Alberta Labour and Immigration (OH&S branch), responsible for administering the OH&S Act, has advised that they recognize the acceptability of the official published versions from Alberta's Queen's Printer, as well as copies published by Thomson Reuters.

Note: Under Part 2 (Availability of Information) of Alberta's OH&S Act, employers have a duty under Section 14(3), to ensure a paper or electronic copy of the OH&S Act, regulations, and the OH&S Code are readily available for reference by workers, joint work site health and safety committees, and health and safety representatives.

New in this edition

  • Discussion of the OH&S Branchs 2019-2022 OH&S Regulatory Review Plan and anticipated changes to some Parts of the OH&S Code
  • An amendment to Part 18 (Personal Protective Equipment) of the OH&S Code on January 1, 2019, to prohibit employers from requiring workers to use footwear (e.g., high heels) that may pose a risk to their health and safety; Information Bulletin LI050 provides additional guidance about considering footwear-related hazards as part of a workplace hazard assessment
  • A detailed update on technical requirements added to the OH&S Code in December 2018 that apply to farms/ranches, including some exemptions and alternative compliance methods
  • Discussion of a fresh review of farm safety/workplace legislation over the summer of 2019 and potential changes that could be brought forward
  • Updates on a range of compliance and enforcement topics, such as orders (compliance orders, stop work, and stop use orders), inspections, and investigations by OH&S officers
  • Discussion of updating workplace impairment policies, in relation to the legalization of recreational cannabis in late 2018
  • Review of training requirements for health and safety committee members and health and safety representatives
  • Review of the OH&S legislative framework in Alberta, including significant modernization and changes to the OH&S Act, regulation and code that came into force in mid-2018, including
    • Important requirements relating to written OH&S programs
    • Joint work site health and safety committees
    • Provisions on the reporting of serious incidents and potentially serious incidents
    • The right to refuse dangerous work and a prohibition on discriminatory action
    • The requirement to develop violence and harassment prevention plans
    • Requirements to provide workers with readily available OH&S information
    • An employers duty to provide a written report on steps taken to comply with an order


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