ACA’s Safety / WCB Committee met October 19 and confirmed advocacy priorities for 2012. These priorities include:
- Parties should recognize that a culture of safety requires a partnership of shared responsibility. To be successful, this culture requires an ongoing shared commitment to safety by three partners – employers, individual personnel on jobsites, and the provincial government for regulatory enforcement.
- ACA has strong misgivings about using disability claims management data collected by the WCB being used in Alberta to measure safety performance. Aggregate trends over time are perhaps the most meaningful use of this data. Over the last decade, the data suggest Alberta worksites have become significantly safer.
- Adoption of best practices should extend to regulatory compliance and enforcement. Measures used elsewhere should be evaluated for their impact on improvements to workplace safety before being adopted in Alberta. New tools contemplated for Alberta should identify the failure of existing tools before proceeding to an evaluation of the impacts of the new tools.
- ACA believes that on-going dialogue and consultation amongst employers and government is essential to moving forwards together. Employers believe they can strengthen the initiatives of government through proactive consultation, rather than reacting after an initiative is in place. The Worksafe consultations in previous years were a good model and we urge Government to return to that approach.
Along with Alberta Roadbuilders, ACA has established a coalition of industry associations from the construction, manufacturing, forestry, oil and gas, and health care sectors that share a common goal to positively influence occupational health and safety legislation, regulation, and policy in the interests of our members.
Coalition members have developed a common platform of issues that mirror ACA priorities to advocate in upcoming meetings with policymakers.