Alberta Updates Occupational Health and Safety Rules

An improved occupational health and safety system comes into effect on 1 June to better protect Alberta workers and ensure they have the same rights as other Canadians.


Every year, hardworking Albertans are killed or injured on the job. A strong health and safety workplace culture is essential to preventing work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths.

An Act to Protect the Health and Well-Being of Working Albertans was passed in December 2017 to update the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act and the workers' compensation system. These are the first significant updates in more than 40 years.

Alberta’s OHS Act sets the minimum standards for workplace health and safety and outlines the roles and responsibilities of employers and employees. New OHS laws come into effect on 1 June 2018.

Starting 1 June, new legislation will give workers three basic rights:

  • The right to refuse dangerous work
  • The right to know
  • The right to participate

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Read the act here.