Occupational Health and Safety
All Wood Buffalo workers are provided with three safety rights to ensure they return home safe and sound. These are:
- the right to know about workplace hazards,
- the right to participate in health and safety decision making, and
- the right to refuse unsafe work
Preventing workplace injuries and work-related illnesses for workers is of the utmost importance and especially in Alberta’s primary industries like oil and gas, construction and agriculture. To understand what to do when preventing workplace injuries, you must comply with the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety legislation outlined by the government.
Explore the Alberta Learning Information Service website for more information on Occupational Health and Safety in Wood Buffalo, including finding information on working safely in affected areas devastated by the wildfires.
What is OHS Compliance?
According to ALIS, Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation is in place to protect the health and safety of workers on regulated work sites in Alberta.
Who is affected?
While all Alberta workers must comply with the OHS legislation, there are some workers in Alberta who do not currently fall under the provincial legislation, specifically:
- owners of farms and ranch operations, their family members, unpaid workers, neighbours and children doing chores or participating in 4-H
- domestic workers (housekeepers, cleaners, maids)
- federal government employees
- federally regulated industries such as banking and aviation
How is OHS enforced?
OHS officers routinely make visits to employers and have the authority to enforce the legislation in a number of ways, including:
- conduct inspections
- writing tickets
- issuing orders
- issuing administrative penalties