Status: Open until Oct 16, 2017
Ministry responsible: Labour


Alberta has not done a comprehensive review of the OHS system since it was enacted in 1976. Workplaces and the nature of work have changed a great deal since then, including:

  • When and where we work - around-the-clock shift work, telecommuting and home-based businesses have become commonplace.
  • How we work - there are increasing complexities around employment relationships like contract work, temporary or short-term work that make it difficult for employers to manage health and safety.
  • What we work with - equipment and procedures used in the workplace have profoundly changed with new technologies, changing OHS hazards and creating new questions about how OHS laws should apply.

We're reviewing the OHS system to ensure Alberta’s laws and best practices keep up with the needs of modern workplaces, changing technology and other jurisdictions.

What's under review

The review examines the legislation, as well as our compliance, enforcement, education. awareness and prevention efforts. Topics include:

  • clarifying employer and worker responsibilities in legislation
  • improving worker engagement in OHS
  • renewed focus on illness and injury prevention

Get involved

Discussion paper

The discussion paper provides background information and guiding questions on the 3 themes of the OHS review: responsibility, worker engagement and prevention, to help inform your input.

Read the discussion paper

Online survey

The online survey runs until midnight October 16. It will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and your input will be kept anonymous.

Take the OHS review survey

Written submissions

Individuals and organizations can send written submissions by mail or email to the address below. Please use the discussion paper to help with your response.

Written submissions accepted until October 16.

Stakeholder discussions

Stakeholders will be invited to participate in facilitated engagement sessions in September.


Your input will be considered as we update Alberta's OHS system to prevent occupational illness and injury.


OHS System Review Secretariat
8th Floor, Labour Building
10808 - 99 Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T5K 0G5