OHS Legislation & Standards

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 Alberta Government Workforce Related News Releases Alberta Government Workforce Related News Releases

Alberta Government News Release May 28, 2018: New rules mean safer workplace. New occupational health and safety (OHS) rules will help prevent workplace bullying, harassment and violence, while providing better support for victims.

Alberta Government Health and Safety eNews May 2018

Alberta Labour in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has developed a free introductory course for Alberta residents to help committee co-chairs and representatives
OHS Publications Online Store contains OHS bulletins, fact sheets, manuals and other health and safety documents for workers, employers and prime contractors.
Do you need a joint work site health and safety committee or representative on multiple work sites?

Alberta's new Employment Standards Code came into effect Jan. 1, 2018. Products and services are available to help employers and employees learn the new rules:
Alberta Government Health and Safety eNews Special Edition 2018
new website
and printable fact sheets – late-Oct through Nov
frequently asked questions (PDF, 205 KB)
instructional videos
free live webinars
posters available for print, download or pre-order
revised toolkit for employers
updated online self-assessment compliance tool for employers

See ALIGN Collaborations/Stakeholder Initiatives
Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships(AASP) as a Certifying Partner (Road Map To COR).
Bill 17 – Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act
Bill 30 Occupational Health and Safety Act
Foundations of Caregiver Support (FCS)
Healthy Workplace, Wellness and Safety in the Child and Family Services Sector
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
National Standard Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace – COR/WCB
Workforce Alliance: Cross Association Workforce Survey

Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships (AASP) Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships (AASP)

Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships (AASP) is Alberta Government approved Certifying Partner and a registered non-profit organization under the Society Act of Alberta. The AASP is a service focused Certifying Partner, providing a practical and reasonable approach to health and safety in the workplace. Through our commitment to our members, and solely through their funding of memberships and course fees, the AASP has grown to be the second largest issuer of Certificates of Recognition (COR and SECOR) in the province. The AASP is also the largest Certifying Partner that serves all industries in Alberta while receiving no government funding.

Also See ALIGN/Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships (AASP) as a Certifying PartnerAlberta Association for Safety Partnerships (AASP) as a Certifying Partner

Alberta Federation of Labour Alberta Federation of Labour

The Right to Refuse Unsafe Work, Labour Standards and Law/Health and Safety At Work, Alberta Federation of Labour Workers in Alberta can refuse work which they believe puts them in imminent danger, or puts another worker at the workplace in imminent danger. The provincial government's Occupational Health and Safety Act explains this

Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training & Labour Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training & Labour

Work Right Interactive Resource on Occupational. Health, Safety & Employment Standard May 2014 Aimed at developing a culture of compliance in the workplace; this initiative encourages workers and employers to question what they know about occupational health and safety and employment standards, The interactive, online resource allows individuals to test their knowledge and understanding of the rules that apply to workplace employment standards.

Worksafe Alberta Employer’s Guide: Occupational Health and Safety Alberta Worksafe Alberta 2012 The purpose of this Safety Bulletin is to help understand the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act. Refers to Health and Safety Acts Outlines parameters of practice and who the regulations apply to and who is exempt.

Canada Business Network Canada Business Network

Workplace health and safety regulations You have an obligation to ensure the health and safety of all of your employees while they are working. This requires that you comply with certain regulations and standards for the safety of your workplace.

Employer and Employee Duties — Occupational Health and Safety (Federally Regulated Employers) Read about the obligations that you and your employees have under the Canada Labour Code and the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Volume 1: Overview of Best Practices in Occupational Health and Safety in the Healthcare Industry Copyright© 2009–2011 Government of Alberta

OH&S Legislation in Canada- Basic Responsibilities, Canadian Federal expectations - What are general responsibilities of governments? What are the employees rights and responsibilities? Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace — Prevention, promotion, and guidance to staged implementation: National Standard of Canada.

Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace is a voluntary standard intended to provide systematic guidelines for Canadian employers that will help enable them to develop and continuously improve psychologically safe and healthy work environments for their employees It aligns with and follows the Plan-Do-Check-Act management systems model found in CAN/CSA Z1000, Occupational Health and Safety Management, to enable integration of a Psychological Health and Safety management system into the way the organization manages its business.”

Excel Academy Excel Academy

Abuse Awareness, Protocols & Prevention Online Course
This hybrid support worker course combines online work and selected readings and is dedicated to creating a zero tolerance agency culture with respect to abuse issues. The comprehensive training reviews both the mandatory abuse reporting in Provincial Legislation – “Protection of Persons In Care Act” as well as the “Abuse Prevention and Response Protocols” presented by the Provincial Board, Persons with Developmental Disabilities. Practical participation involving exercises, case scenarios and role playing will provide realistic situations that require participants to problem solve a variety of abuse issue situations

First Reference First Reference

For over 20 years, First Reference has helped businesses, non-profits and charities meet legal requirements and best practices for HR, payroll, accessibility, finance, accounting, governance, IT and more

Human Resources Advisor Special Report | Updated January 2018 Understanding Alberta’s updated employment and labour law By Yosie Saint-Cyr LL.B., Managing Editor, The Human Resources Advisor™

Geneva International Labour Organization Geneva International Labour Organization

Code of Practice on Workplace Violence in Services Sectors and Measures to Combat This Phenomenon: Meeting of Experts to Develop a Code of Practice on Violence and Stress at Work in Services: A Threat to Productivity and Decent Work (8-15 October 2003) Geneva INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION
The practical recommendations of this publication have been designed to provide guidance to ILO constituents and all those responsible for addressing workplace violence in services sectors. It is based on an analysis of the extent, nature and causes of workplace violence in public and private services. It identifies the roles and responsibilities of governments, employers and workers. The code promotes a proactive approach to prevention, based on occupational safety and health management systems. It is intended that the provisions of the code will assist in reducing or eliminating violence at workplaces in services sectors

National Standard Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace National Standard Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

Prevention, promotion and guidance to staged implementation The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s 2012 report Changing Directions-Changing Lives: the Mental Health Strategy for Canada recommended the wide adoption of psychological health and safety standards in Canadian workplaces. The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) worked with the CSA and the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) to develop The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace in 2013. The Commission describes it as “a set of voluntary guidelines, tools and resources intended to guide organizations in promoting mental health and preventing psychological harm at work.” Employers, governments and regulatory authorities, service providers, policy and legal specialists, and unions were involved in the development of the National Standard. Over time and with training, the National Standard could be a very important tool for unions in advocating for better mental health practices in the workplace.

Sage Journals Sage Journals

The Road to Psychological Safety, Legal, scientific and social foundations for a national standard for psychological safety in the workplace. Shain, M., Ian Arnold, and GermAnn, K. Mental Health Commission of Canada.
“Over the last 20 years there have been significant developments in both law and various scientific disciplines with regard to defining the need for, and characteristics of, what has been termed the psychologically safe workplace. A psychologically safe workplace, for these purposes, is defined as one that is the result of every reasonable effort being made to protect the mental health of employees. A psychologically safe workplace is one that allows no significant harm to employee mental health in negligent, reckless or intentional ways. This term is used to summarize trends in several branches of Canadian and English law including torts, contract, collective bargaining, human rights and occupational health and safety.

Vanier Institute of the Family Vanier Institute of the Family

Public Policy Brief: Compassionate Care Benefits. On January 3, 2016, significant changes were made to compassionate care benefits. Eligible employees now have access to up to 26 weeks of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, instead of 6 weeks, to care for a gravely ill family member. Weeks of benefits may be taken within an expanded period of 52 weeks, up from 26 weeks. No other changes were made regarding eligibility, benefit calculations or maximums... Flex at Work Benchmarking Initiative. Organizations across Canada have been adapting their flex initiatives in response to changing demographics (aging workforce, millennial generation), technological advancements and increasing expectations of workplace flexibility among employees. Many of these organizations have also embarked on a systematic review of their organizational philosophy, policies and practices regarding flexible work...