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Changes due to COVID-19
Officers are responding to all complaints normally investigated under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation and Code.
OHS officers will observe all COVID-19 control measures on work sites, including physical distancing and sanitation requirements. These inspections also focus on directives required by the chief medical officer of health.
Officers may conduct some work site inspections remotely.
We may collaborate and conduct joint inspections with other regulators, including:
- Alberta Health Services
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency
- Children’s Services
Proactive inspections are currently focusing on services that stayed open during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:
- grocery stores
- health care and congregate care
- fuel and convenience stores
- meat packing and food processing facilities
- correctional facilities
We will include other work sites as they open up as part of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy. Priorities are subject to capacity and may vary by region.
|Re-Launch Strategy Phase||Proactive Inspections Priorities|
|Stage 1||As above plus:
|Stage 2||As above, plus:
|Stage 3||As above, plus:
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Each year, OHS proactively inspects employers to monitor compliance with legislation. OHS chooses employers and sectors with:
- Relatively high injury and illness rates
- High frequency of incidents or complaints
- Persistently low rates of compliance
- Emerging trends
Inspection programs help work site parties identify health and safety hazards and measures to mitigate the hazards. More information on prevention priorities for the OHS system is available in the Prevention Initiative for Alberta's OHS System.
How inspections are done
An OHS officer’s role is to monitor compliance with the legislation through review of records and documents, observations and conversations with work site parties. OHS officers may take measurements, samples, photos or recordings. A record of the inspection will be provided to work site parties at the conclusion of a site visit. Work site parties are responsible for correcting any non-compliance identified by the OHS officer. OHS officers may re-inspect sites to check on previous non-compliance with OHS laws.