As part of the Alberta government’s regular review, officials at the Alberta Ministry of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour and Work Safe Alberta have proposed a number of changes to the provincial Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code. As part of that process, citizens of the province are being asked to provide input on the changes.
The OHS Code governs health and safety practices in provincial workplaces and proscribes specific rules and regulations designed to keep workers safe. As part of the review process, Albertans are given an opportunity provide their input by completing an online survey, which will be open until January 31, 2015.
Among the subjects covered by the proposed changes this time around include noise exposure, scaffolds and temporary work platforms, personal protective equipment use, and the replacement of the province’s workplace hazardous materials information system to a system that is harmonized with the United States and other countries. There is also a new section regarding bullying and harassment in the workplace and another on health and safety management systems in the oil and gas sector.
Every five years, the government of Alberta reviews and updates large portions of the OHS code, to make sure that the rules keep up with ongoing changes in technology and industries. In addition to the survey noted above, officials have been consulting with stakeholders since 2011.