Effect June 1, 2018: Alberta’s Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans

The Alberta government aims to protect the health and safety of working Albertans by bringing into effect the Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans. Most of the changes featured in the Act will come into effect on June 1, 2018.

Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans Highlights

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), which establishes minimum standards for health and safety, covers Alberta already. The legislation within the OHSA is supported through the concept of an Internal Responsibility System (IRS), and it is enforced through compliance activities. The three basic rights of the worker: the right to know, the right to participate, and the right to refuse unsafe work, are also included.

Under the new Act, the rights, roles, and responsibilities under the OHSA do not change; however, they have been enshrined, highlighted, and strengthened. Definitions, roles, and responsibilities have also been highlighted so that everyone has a better understanding of the role they play in workplace health and safety. 

Notable Changes: Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans

The Act brings with it some notable changes, including new requirements for Joint Worksite Health and Safety Committees. The most important changes and additions are highlighted below:

All of these changes serve to bring Alberta in line with what other provinces already have in place. Other provinces’ initiatives and legislation that Alberta’s new Act is modeled upon is proven to better the lives, safety, health, and well being of workers in those provinces.

For more information about the Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans, click here.

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