UPDATED: Alberta Bill 30 – Training Compliance

Bill 30 came into effect on June 1st, 2018. Since June 1st, 2018 every employer in Alberta with more than 4 workers must now also comply with the added  Part 3 of the Alberta OHS Act and must specifically have representatives and processes in place to protect the health and well-being of working Albertans. The first step towards compliance is, as outlined in the Act, is the training your employees. Under the OHS Act there are different expectations for large and small employers. We’ve outlined the legislative training requirements for both below:

Alberta Occupation Health and Safety Act (Updated: June 11, 2018)

Large Employers (20+ Employees)

  • Must establish a Joint work site health and safety committee (HSC) if the employer employs 20 or more workers (ACTPart 3, Section 16(1))
  • The HSC duties must including the following:
    • the identification of hazards (ACT Part 3 Section 19(b))
    • the inspection of the work site (ACT Part 3 Section 19(g))
    • the investigations of serious injuries and incidents (ACT Part 3 Section 19(g))
  • The HSC must consist of at least 4 persons, of whom at least half represent workers (ACT Part 3 Section 22(1))
    • The employer must ensure that the co-chairs of the committee receive training respecting the duties and functions of a committee (ACT Part 3 Section 29(1)),
    • the employer must ensure that the HSC representative receives training respecting the duties (listed above) and functions of a representatives (ACT Part 3 Section 29(2)), and;
    • the employer is to allow a minimum of 16 hours of training per year (ACT Part 3 Section 29(4)(a))
  • The training provided to co-chairs and members of a joint work site health and safety committee must be through organization designated by the Minister under section 83 of the Act (Code Part 13 Section 2o1)

Small Employers (5-19 Employees)

  • Must designate a health and safety representative (HSR) if the employer employs 5-19 workers (ACT Part 3, Section 17(1))
  • The HSR is responsible for completing the same duties that are required of HSC members in larger companies (ACT Part 3, Section 20(1)), which must include the following:
    • the identification of hazards (ACT Part 3 Section 19(b))
    • the inspection of the work site (ACT Part 3 Section 19(g))
    • the investigations of serious injuries and incidents (ACT Part 3 Section 19(g))
  • Must ensure that the (HSR):
    • receives training respecting the duties (listed above) and functions of a representative (ACT Part 3 Section 29(2)), and;
    • the employer is to provide a minimum of 16 hours of training per year (ACT Part 3 Section 29(4)(a))

Relevant HSC and HSR Online Training:

Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships (AASP)

The content of the following courses was developed by the Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships (AASP), an approved Alberta Certifying Partner, and Approved Alberta Labour Designated Trainer.

The following courses cover some of the duties of Joint Work Site Health and Safety Committee (HSC) Members and Health and Safety Representatives (HSR):

Health & Safety
Committee/Representative
Training

$150/person

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SafetyVantage Hazard Assessment and Methods of Control Online Training

Hazard Assessment
&
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SafetyVantage Workplace Inspections Online Training

Workplace

Inspections

$140/person

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SafetyVantage Indecent / Accident Investigation Online Training

Incident/Accident

Investigation

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Workplace Violence and Harassment

The OHS ACT now also requires every employer to ensure, as far as it is reasonably practicable, that none of the employer’s workers are subjected to or participate in Workplace Violence and Harassment (ACT Part 1, Section 3(1)(c)). The following online training courses are recommended:

SafetyVantage Workplace Violence Online Training

Understanding
Workplace Violence
& Harassment

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SafetyVantage Workplace Violence and Harassment Awareness Online Training

Workplace Violence &
Harassment Awareness
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