Preparing for the Transition - Five Broad Areas of Alberta Bill 30
A comprehensive review of Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) system was conducted in 2017. This review identified three key themes of particular importance in the effort to improve current workplace safety legislation.
These themes include:
- Clarifying Responsibilities of work site parties in legislation,
- Improving Worker Engagement in OHS
- A renewed focus on illness and injury Prevention.
These findings contributed to recognizing a need for change; as formally issued in Alberta Bill 30, An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans; effective June 1, 2018.
Energy Safety Canada hosted a stakeholder engagement workshop on March 23rd, 2018 to assist and support industry with understanding the impact and help de-risk the transition to Alberta Bill 30. The attending demographic was a broad representation from all industry sectors and provided a forum to create a collective understanding for how the implementation of Alberta Bill 30 would impact Alberta employers and workers alike.
This high-level review determined five broad areas that affect employers within Alberta Bill 30, including:
- Prime Contractors
- Supervisor Responsibilities
- Joint Work Site Health and Safety Committees
- Reporting Serious Injuries and Incidents
The internal responsibility system, as mandated in Canadian OHS Law, dictates that everyone in the workplace is responsible for occupational health and safety, according to their authority and control. As such, employers have the greatest degree of control and authority and have the most responsibilities. A thorough understanding of how Alberta employers will be affected becomes imperative to ensuring current and future workplace safety compliance.
This white paper is a resource to assist industry with understanding the changes; highlights the current OHS legislation and the changes to the OHS Act set forth by Alberta Bill 30, and outlines the impacts to employers within the context of the aforementioned five broad areas.