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Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Update 2013.

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1 Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Update 2013

2 Occupational Health & Safety Alberta Ministry of Human Services Alberta has a fair, safe, and healthy work environment Promote safe and healthy workplaces by educating employers and workers about legislated standards & ensuring compliance through complaint resolution, investigation and targeted inspections

3 OHS in the News High Media coverage 2010 –Print media –Electronic media –Youtube Auditor General’s Report Stronger enforcement Downtown Calgary construction –Materials falling off buildings


5 Some OHS Statistics

6 2011 Lost time Claim Rate1.49 Disabling injury rate2.82 Workplace fatalities38 Motor Vehicle incidents25 Occupational Disease52

7 Occupational Disease Fatalities (2011) Industry Sector2011 Construction and Construction Trades22 Manufacturing and Processing12 Mining and Petroleum Development6 Public Administration, Education and Health Services9 Transportation, Communication and Utilities2 Wholesale and Retail Trade1

8 OHS Divisions Workplace Standards Delivery –OHS Compliance Workplace Standards Policy –Policy advice –Legal interpretation (Alberta Justice) –Best Practice Development –Inspection program development –E learning tools –Website

9 OHS Compliance  7 offices across the province  112 Occupational Health and Safety Officers  Technical Advisor Team  Investigation Team  Over 140,000 Registered Alberta Employers  Approximately 2 million workers

10 Updates New staff Occupational Disease Prevention Section Ticketing Project

11 Occupational Disease Prevention Section Minister’s Advisory Committee (2008) – labour, academia, other ministries and health (approx 31 committee members) –Chaired by David Xao, Parliamentary Assistant for E&I –Alberta Occupational Cancer Prevention Strategy –In 2010 the strategy was revised to include all occupational diseases

12 Occupational Prevention Initiatives Occupational Health Surveillance –Notifiable Diseases –CAREX Canada Program Delivery – Inspections Project – Enhanced part of current operations Two New Project Areas –Occupational Respiratory Disease –Occupational Dermatitis Policy: Lead, Noise

13 Occupational Disease Prevention Section Goals Desired Outcome: Desired Outcome: Improved our understanding of exposure incidence and type; improved knowledge of the incidence and types of occupational diseases. Desired Outcome: Desired Outcome: Occupational disease causing agents are controlled; workers are not exposed to hazards causing occupational disease Desired Outcome: Desired Outcome: Increased awareness and knowledge about occupational health and occupational disease prevention.

14 TICKETING AND ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES The department has been criticized for not fining companies on the spot for safety infractions Ticketing is one option that provides an immediate compliance tool when certain OHS infractions are noted by our officers. This will give OHS officers yet one more tool in their compliance toolbox.

15 TICKETING AND ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES OHS and Justice have completed reviewing the proposed ticketable offences. The initial approved list is 18. An additional 11 infractions could be ticketable with an amendment to the OHS Code. Tickets will be issued under the Provincial Offences Procedures Act (POPA) similar to the traffic violation tickets. Failure to pay may result in a warrant for arrest.

16 TICKETING AND ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES Its recommendation is to provide authority to OHS officers to ticket workers and/or employers for safety violations in certain common high-risk areas. Administrative penalties are in the development stage with OHS policy.

17 OHS Compliance and Firefighters Complaints –Respiratory protective equipment –Vehicles –Fall protection –Worker Competency

18 Code of Practice

19 Joint publication with Alberta WHS and Alberta Municipal Affairs 2006 Refers to SOP/SOG Method of compliance for most applicable OHS code sections

20 Contact for OHS Call Centre –1-866-415-8690 Internet -GOA website, Questions?

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