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

Focused inspections

OHS carries out focused inspection programs to help protect workers’ rights under OHS laws and enhance employers’ awareness of their responsibilities. OHS officers conduct focused inspections to raise awareness of hazards and increase compliance with OHS laws.

Priorities and timeframes for focused inspections are announced, but individual work sites are not identified in advance.

Summer 2018 – Residential construction fall protection

OHS is conducting province-wide focused inspections on fall protection in the residential construction sector. The inspections will raise awareness of hazards of working at heights and ensure compliance with OHS laws.

The inspection program will take place from July to October at all types of residential construction sites. Priority will be given to OHS Code provisions regarding:

  • general fall protection
  • fall protection plans
  • worker instruction
  • clearance, maximum arresting force and swing
  • hazard assessments for working from ladders, scaffolds and mobile work platforms

*This program has been extended to November.

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.

Disclaimer: 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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