Statement in Response to the Introduction of the Government of Alberta's Bill 30

November 27, 2017

Energy Safety Canada's statement in response to the introduction of the Government of Alberta's Bill 30.

Energy Safety Canada issues the following response to the Government of Alberta’s introduction of Bill 30: An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans:

The proposed changes to the occupational health and safety system are generally in line with the oil
and gas industry’s best practices. This brings Alberta further into alignment with legislation in some
other jurisdictions where our industry operates. We are pleased to see a retention of performancebased regulation and this move towards more harmonized legislation across provinces.

Energy Safety Canada also views some of the changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act, such as
more of a focus on psychological issues, to be positive. A worker-centred approach, improved data
collection, as well as a stronger emphasis on workplace health and safety programs, are all very much
aligned with the values of our organization.

Our objective as a safety association is to develop and support standards and best practices across
the oil and gas industry and we see these changes as a positive step forward in advancing worker
health and safety in Alberta.

Energy Safety Canada was an active participant in the review and consultation process for changes to
these Acts. We look forward to continued collaboration between the Government of Alberta and
industry stakeholders on initiatives that are instrumental in preventing injures and improving health
and safety practices in the workplace.

Quote from John Rhind, CEO:
“The proposed changes to the occupational health and safety system are generally in line with the oil
and gas industry’s best practices. Our objective as a safety association is to develop and support
standards and best practices across the oil and gas industry and we see these changes as a positive
step forward in advancing worker health and safety in Alberta.”
- John Rhind, CEO of Energy Safety Canada, a merger of Enform and the Oil Sands Safety
Association (OSSA).

 


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