Alberta revamps its safety rules

Changes around supports, workers’ rights, responsibilities
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/01/2018
After more than 40 years, Alberta’s health and safety rules have been revamped to better reflect today’s workplace and boost supports for workers. Credit: Sarah Dobson

With sweeping changes to its occupational health and safety legislation, along with its workers’ compensation system, Alberta has caught up to — and in some cases surpassed — other provinces.

That’s according to experts looking at highlights from the Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans, in effect as of Dec. 15. The legislation is meant to modernize Alberta’s health and safety system to reflect today’s workplaces, increase employee participation, improve safety, and boost supports to injured workers.

Some of the major changes include the right to refuse unsafe work, mandatory joint health and safety committees, clarified roles for workplace individuals, protections against workplace violence and harassment, and reporting of near miss incidents.