On Dec. 15, 2017, Bill 30: An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans passed in the Alberta Legislature. It amends the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Workers’ Compensation Act, which governs the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB).
Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act sets minimum workplace safety standards for the province. Prior to Bill 30, the Act lagged behind other provinces’ OHS legislation, and had not been updated since 1976.
The bill evens the playing field, ensuring employers are held to regulations and use their influence to facilitate worker-led health and safety. Bill 30 also holds the government accountable for publishing more publicly accessible information gathered during OHS investigations, and reviews OHS law every five years.
Many of these changes take effect June 1, 2018. Between now and then AUPE will continue to develop member training in the new OHS legislation, ensuring you and your fellow workers know your rights and can continue to keep each other safe at work.
Find out more about the specific changes in Bill 30 by downloading this one-page primer for AUPE members. We've also produced a short fact sheet about the big five changes that will come into effect on June 1, 2018.
The Alberta government has also put out information that may be useful to our members. Click here to download a primer on Joint Workplace Health and Safety Committees, and click here to download a primer on worker participation in OH&S.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, or for more information on changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Workers’ Compensation Act.