HANDI-GUIDE to Alberta's OH&S Act, Regulation and Code - 2018 Edition
By: HATSCAN, Don Buchanan
ISBN/ISSN/Product Number: 978-0-7798-8660-9
Product Type: Book
Number of Pages: Approximately 450 pages
Number of Volumes: 1 volume bound
Binding: Softcover Coil/Spiral
Publication Date: 2018-08-31
Publisher: Carswell
Price: $44.00

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HANDI-GUIDE to Alberta's OH&S Act, Regulation and Code - 2018 Edition contains the complete and current Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations in Alberta

Alberta’s new OH&S Act – in force as of June 1, 2018 – brings major changes to the OHS regulatory landscape in Alberta and aligns Alberta’s OH&S legislation with other Canadian jurisdictions. Numerous updates have also been made to the OH&S Regulation and OH&S Code to align them with the Act. Plus, several key Parts of the OH&S Code have been fully updated, including Part 13 (Joint Work Site Health and Safety Committees & Health and Safety Representatives), Part 27 (Violence and Harassment), and Part 29 (reflecting WHMIS 2015 requirements).

Some examples of the major changes to the Act include:

  • Part 1 (Obligations of Work Site Parties) of the OH&S Act updates the scope of duties and adds several new parties. Duties of employers, workers, contractors, prime contractors, and suppliers are updated; duties of supervisors, owners, service providers, self-employed persons, and temporary staffing agencies are newly added.
  • Enshrinement of workers’ OHS-related rights in the Act (Section 2, Purposes), including the right to know, the right to participate, and the right to refuse dangerous work.
  • New requirement under Section 37 of the Act for employers (with more than 20 workers) to establish a written OHS program, with 10+ legislated program elements.
  • New requirement for employers (with more than 20 workers) to establish a joint work site health and safety committee.
  • Employers with 5 to 19 employees must designate a health and safety representative.
  • Employers with fewer than 20 workers must involve workers (or the health and safety representative, if one is designated) in hazard assessment, elimination, and control.
  • Multiple updated provisions on the reporting of serious incidents and potentially serious incidents; for instance, Section 40(2) of the Act sets out a new requirement to report injuries that result in a worker being admitted to a hospital. (This replaces the previous threshold of having to be in hospital for two days.)
  • Updated provisions on the right to refuse dangerous work and a prohibition on discriminatory action.
  • New definitions on violence and harassment; employers and supervisors have a duty to ensure workers are not subject to nor participate in workplace harassment or violence, and workers have a duty to not cause or participate in harassment or violence. Plus, violence and harassment prevention plans are required, in line with the updated Part 27 of the OH&S Code.
  • An updated, two-level appeals process.
  • Updated requirements to provide workers with readily available OHS information, such as legislation, practices, and procedures.
  • Key updates on a range of compliance and enforcement topics, such as orders (compliance orders, stop work, and stop use orders), inspections and investigations by OHS officers, acceptances, and approvals.
  • New employer duty to provide a written report on steps taken to comply with an order.
  • New provisions to expand the scope of creative sentencing.

The HANDI-GUIDE is a practical tool for workers, supervisors, and employers. Throughout, the HANDI-GUIDE provides timely insights and interpretation on the scope of these new legislative realities.

This edition includes:

A Foreword on the new legislation written by well-known Edmonton OH&S lawyer David Myrol was added to this edition.

The current version of the (new) OH&S Act, plus regulations under the Act, including the updated OH&S Regulation and OH&S Code.

Seven interpretive chapters, with updated commentary and legislative references, to help you understand and interpret the law, including:

  • A Regulatory Update, with discussion of many key topics, such as compliance and enforcement; joint committees and HS representatives; OHS program requirements; violence and harassment prevention plans; WHMIS 2015 content; update on convictions, offences, penalties, and ticketable OHS contraventions; and much more
  • Chapter 1 - Key Responsibilities of Work Site Parties
  • Chapter 2 - Due Diligence for Employers
  • Chapter 3 - OHS Actions for Supervisors
  • Chapter 4 - OHS Actions for Workers
  • Chapter 5 - Joint Work Site Health and Safety Committees
  • Chapter 6 - Online OHS Resources

Note: Under Part 2 (Availability of Information) of Alberta's OH&S Act, employers have a duty under Section 14(3) to ensure a paper or electronic copy of the OH&S Act, regulations, and the OH&S Code are readily available for reference by workers, joint work site health and safety committees, and health and safety representatives.

Alberta Labour (OHS Branch), responsible for administering the OH&S Act, has advised that they recognize the acceptability of the official published versions from Alberta's Queen's Printer, as well as copies as published by Thomson Reuters in the HANDI-GUIDE.

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About the Author
Don Buchanan is an Edmonton-based writer and editor (www.goodwriter.ca). He was the original editor of the HANDI-GUIDE to Alberta's OH & S Act, Regulation and Code (First Edition) and the ZERO Injuries Handbook. He authors Carswell's series of HANDI-GUIDES, including editions for AB, BC, SK, MB, Atlantic Canada and Federally Regulated Workplaces. He has also contributed to the Carswell series of Triform Notebooks on workplace health and safety. Operating as goodwriter.ca, Don has written for a wide range of corporate clients and publications on diverse topics, including aspects of corporate responsibility, workplace health and safety, workplace wellness, construction/engineering, physical activity and active living, workers' compensation, WHMIS, TDG, and environmental compliance.