Employment Law: Occupational Health and Safety

Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, its Regulations, and its (almost 600 page) Code (and the similar federal legislation) provide a comprehensive set of rules for employers, employees, and third parties at a work site, intended to protect the health and safety of everyone involved.

 

Breach of this legislation, whether intentional or not, can result in significant penalties including large fines and jail time. As a result, it is imperative that employers be aware of the sometimes unknown and confusing details of the legislation to ensure both compliance with the law and the safety of its work force.

 

We can advise employers on all aspects of workplace health and safety, including:

  • drafting or advising on procedures or policies that must be implemented in order to ensure your work site complies with OH&S legislation,
  • determining what training must be provided to your employees,
  • drafting or advising on codes of practice and emergency response plans that must be written and implemented,
  • advising on rules and procedures regarding equipment and tools, the use of hazardous materials at the work site, and safe guards that must be put into place, and
  • much, much more.

 

We can also provide advice to employers on what to do if you discover a breach of OH&S legislation might have occurred (such as exposure to a hazardous material) or if an OH&S complaint is made regarding your work site.

 

Similarly, we can advise employees on what to do if they are injured or believe there are dangers at the work site.