OHS compliance

OHS enforces compliance with provincial legislation through education, work site inspections, and other enforcement measures.


Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation protects the health and safety of workers on provincially regulated work sites.

Who’s not affected

Some workers in Alberta don’t currently fall under provincial OHS legislation. These include:

  • the owner of a farm or ranch operation and their family members, unpaid workers such as relatives, neighbours and children doing chores or participating in 4-H
  • federal government employees
  • workers in federally regulated industries such as banking and aviation

How OHS laws are enforced

OHS officers have authority to enforce the legislation in a number of ways, including:

Compliance programs and resources

Proactive Strategic Programs

OHS carries out inspection and education programs to help employers understand their legislated health and safety requirements.

Through proactive strategic programs, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) works with employers to improve health and safety at provincially regulated work sites. Every year, Alberta OHS selects employers for enhanced inspection and education activity.

Education resources

Workers, employers and other parties regulated by OHS legislation have responsibilities under the law.

OHS makes educational resources available to assist work site parties understand their legal responsibilities and develop best practices at work.

In case of any inconsistency between this information and the OHS Act, Regulation, Code, the legislation will always prevail.


To connect with OHS:

Phone: 780-415-8690 (Edmonton)
Toll free: 1-866-415-8690 
TTY: 780-427-9999 (Edmonton)
TTY: 1-800-232-7215

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