We previously discussed on the blog upcoming changes that the government of Alberta is making to the current Occupational Health and Safety Act1Occupational Health and Safety Act, SA 2017, c O-2.1. (“Current OHSA”), which will be replaced with a new Occupational Health and Safety Act2Occupational Health and Safety Act, SA 2020 cO-2.2 [New OHSA]. (“New OHSA”). The New OHSA was introduced as part of the provincial government’s implementation of sweeping red tape reduction measures across the province.
Although it was unknown exactly when the New OHSA and revised accompanying OHS regulations would come into force, the Alberta government has now announced Alberta’s new OHSA regime will come into effect December 1, 2021.
Employers in Alberta should be aware of the extensive changes being introduced by the new OHSA regime, and ensure they are in compliance with the New OHSA laws as of December 1, 2021. In particular, the New OHSA introduces some significant revisions to OHSA laws on issues including:
- Health and safety committees and representatives;
- Potentially serious injury reporting;
- Disciplinary action complaints;
- Dangerous work refusals;
- Radiation protection laws under the New OHSA;
- Acceptances, allowances and approvals;
- Prime contractors;
- Work site party names;
- OHS directors;
- Mining and mine sites; and
- Injury reporting.
We recommend that employers consult with an experienced employment lawyer to ensure that their workplace policies and procedures are in compliance with these new OHSA laws. Some workplace policies and procedures may need to be revised in order to address changes being introduced by the New OHSA.
For more information on the New OHSA regime in Alberta, please see the Alberta government’s website here.
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- 1Occupational Health and Safety Act, SA 2017, c O-2.1.
- 2Occupational Health and Safety Act, SA 2020 cO-2.2 [New OHSA].