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Annual Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code Review
Enacted in 2003, the OHS Code continues to guide Alberta workplaces by establishing minimum standards for safe and healthy practices. As part of the government’s continued commitment to workplace health and safety, and in accord with a revised process for changing content of the Code, updates will now be made on a five-year cycle. Previously, changes were made every two to three years. As a result, the process will now see focused annual reviews of specific parts of the Code.
For the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the OHS Policy and Program Development Branch of Alberta Human Services is undertaking a review of the following Parts:
- 4 – Chemical Hazards, Biological Hazards and Harmful Substances
- 6 – Cranes, Hoists and Lifting Devices
- 21 – Rigging
- 23 – Scaffolds and Temporary Work Platforms
- 33 – Explosives
- 36 – Mining
- Occupational Exposure Limits for Chemical Substances
These reviews will continue to reflect input from individual workers and employers; industry, labour, and health and safety associations; and members of the public, and will allow participants to focus on specific areas of the Code.
The views and input of affected stakeholders are important to ensure that the Code remains timely and relevant. All interested parties are invited to participate by providing suggestions for change to any of the Parts being reviewed. An internal working group of OHS staff will review all submissions and develop a formal proposal outlining any recommendations for revisions to these Parts of the Code. All submissions will be considered in the development of those draft recommendations. A future consultation, which will take place in 2014, will provide a further opportunity to comment on them.
The target for release of the next revised Code is 2015.
For information on the current review and to submit suggestions, please visit the Alberta Human Services website at http://employment.alberta.ca/SFW/14571.html.
Suggestions for changes to other Parts of the Code are welcomed and will be retained for consideration in future review projects.