BE INFORMED AND STAY PROACTIVE
In November 2017 – the Alberta Government announced changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and introduced Bill 30 – The Act to Protect the Health and Well Being of Working Albertans. These changes will be in effect June 2018.
Here are a few hints to make sure you are ready.
- While it may be daunting, it is important to read the legislation, understand your responsibility, and ask questions if you don’t understand.
Occupational Health and Safety legislation impacts ALL employers in every industry in Alberta. It is the employer’s responsibility to stay current to the changes and understand how these changes will impacts the workplace.
- Review your workplace Health and Safety Management Program and update the policies, procedures and processes that are impacted.
If you are reading this and thinking that this doesn’t apply to you, think again. Occupational Health and Safety Legislation requires all employers to have a health and safety management program in place with caveats that address the number of employees you have.
So if you don’t have program, there is no better time than now to develop and implement one. It is your responsibility to take the steps needed to bring your operating practices up to date as they related to OH&S compliance.
- Communicate, communicate, and communicate.
Make sure your team (management and workers alike) know about the changes and what your organization needs to do as a team to be ready for June.
As we move forward together, the AHSA will continue to engage its membership to ensure that information and training they receive is up to date and relevant. The AHSA is currently in the process of updating the legislation awareness course to reflect the current legislative changes.
Stay tuned for more information AND if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.