An overhaul of Alberta’s workplace health and safety provisions and workers' compensation by the province’s New Democratic government will give workers the right to refuse dangerous work and more control over compensation claims.
“This is a positive step forward that will ensure fewer workers are hurt or killed on the job and improve the compensation system when something does happen,” said Western Regional Director Joie Warnock.
“It is a basic right for workers to be able to refuse dangerous work.”
Labour Minister Christina Gray announced the changes November 25 following a lengthy review of workplace rules. Workers' compensation had not been reviewed for 15 years, while health and safety provisions had not been looked at since 1976.
Under Bill 30, a worker who refuses dangerous work would continue to be paid while that refusal is investigated. Besides reporting any workplace injuries, employers would now also be required to report any “near miss” incidents that could have caused injury.
The bill would provide workers greater say on the health and safety of their workplace and more rights on how claims are handled should they be injured.
All workplaces with 20 or more employees would be required to set up a health and safety committees to inspect sites for hazards, and to help resolve disputes and workplace health and safety concerns.
For more information, please visit: Alberta occupational health and safety changes