Did you know? As of June 1st, all Alberta employers must comply with Bill 30. If you own or run a business, you may need to establish a Joint Work Site Health & Safety Committee.
On June 1, 2018 a new and improved Occupational Health and Safety Act will come into place to better protect workers and to ensure they have the same rights as other Canadians.
The new legislation focuses on the three basic worker rights::
- The right to refuse dangerous work
- The right to know
- The right to participate
Danatec Educational Services is and always has been an advocate for better safety practices and standards so that all Canadians return safely to their family.
Bill 30 Requires the establishment of Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) or designation of a Health & Safety Representative. What category does your business fit into?
Small Employers who employ 5-19 employees must appoint a H&S Representative for work lasting longer than 90 days. This person will be chosen by the Union or be selected by the workers the he/she will represent.
If 2 or more employers are working on the same site and the total number of workers is 5-19, the prime will appoint a H&S Rep. In the rare chance there is no Prime, all employers will coordinate a H&S Rep for that shared work site.
Large Employers who employ 20 or more employees must have a JHSC for work lasting longer than 90 day
If 2 or more employers are working on the same site and the total number of workers is 20 or more, the prime will coordinate a committee. In the rare chance there is no Prime, all employers will coordinate a committee for that shared work site.
Committees will consist of at least 4 people, of whom at least half can’t be management.
Employers need to
- Determine which category (Large or Small) they fall into and implement accordingly
- Review and update current policies surrounding JHSC/ Safety Representative requirements and responsibilities
- Ensure all workers are educated on the changes
Employees need to
- Understand company JHSC/Safety Representative’s duties in the workplace
Co-chairs of Health & Safety Committees and Representatives will need a minimum of 16 hours of training annually in Alberta as of June 1, 2018.
Workplace safety and injury compensation changes
Bill 30 has been passed to update occupational health and safety standards and improve compensation for injured workers.
Occupational health and safety changes
An improved OHS system to better protect workers and ensure they have the same rights as other Canadians comes into effect on June 1, 2018.