What you need to know

The changes to the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act came into force on June 1, and all Alberta employers needed to look at their health and safety operations to ensure they are compliant.

The modernization of the Alberta OHS system increases employee participation in workplace health and safety, expands the definition of health and safety and increases support to injured workers. It brings Alberta further into alignment with legislation in other provinces — a positive step for employers who carry out operations in multiple jurisdictions.

Through consultation with industry, Energy Safety Canada has developed resources to provide guidance to employers about the changes in Bill 30.

What all employers need to know about Bill 30:

Workers have the right to:

  • Know about all hazards and site-specific safety information
  • Participate in workplace health and safety
  • Refuse dangerous work
Alberta Bill 30

Alberta Bill 30: What You Need to Know

All employers must ensure:

  • Health, safety and welfare of workers and other persons at the work site
  • Workers are aware of OHS rights and duties and any OHS issues arising from work conducted on the site
  • Workplace harassment and violence prevention plans are developed and implemented
  • Workers are not subject to or participate in harassment or violence at the worksite
  • Potentially serious incidents are reported to Alberta OHS
  • They cooperate with joint work site health and safety committee or health and safety representative, if one exists
  • A minimum of 16 hours of training for joint health and safety committee members, or health and safety representative, if one exists

What small employers (5-19 employees) need to know

  • A health and safety representative is required on work sites when work is expected to last 90 days or more
  • Must involve workers and health and safety representative, if applicable, in hazard assessment and controls and/or elimination of hazards identified in accordance with legislation
  • The health and safety representative is responsible for completing the same duties that are required of health and safety committee members:
    • Identification of hazards
    • Inspection of the work site
    • Investigation of work refusals, serious and potentially serious incidents
  • Must ensure the health and safety representative receives training respecting the duties and functions of a representative

Energy Safety Canada site visits

Site visits are offered by Energy Safety Canada’s Industry Development and Support team. These visits can ensure your company is in line with the OHS changes by:

  • Identifying any gaps between your safety management program and the new legislation
  • Assist in creating an action plan to correct deficiencies
  • Carrying out a risk assessment
  • Evaluating available resources

Support is available

Energy Safety Canada has developed resources, such as a white paper of the transition, program development guides and Safety Bulletins, to assist Alberta companies ensure compliance with the changes to the OHS system.

For more information visit:

To schedule a site visit, contact: