Government of Alberta
Occupational Health and Safety Program

INTRODUCTION

This program manual is designed to assist departments and agencies implement the Government of Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Program under the Public Service Act.

The Government of Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Program includes the following seven elements, that apply to all departments and agencies:

1.

Occupational Health and Safety Management

   
2.

Hazard Management

   
3.

Occupational Health and Safety Training

   
4.

Inspections

   
5.

Emergency Preparedness

   
6.

Incident Management

   
7.

Occupational Health and Safety Program Evaluation

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PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Departments and agencies are required to implement all seven elements in their business operations at every workplace.

The first four elements contain a number of component parts. Although these elements apply to all departments, their specific components may or may not be applicable to all departments or to all business operations and workplaces within a department.

Elements and components include performance requirements called “standards.” These standards are based on legislative requirements and established best practices. They identify the specific responsibilities and minimum performance requirements of departments, managers, supervisors and employees.

Elements and components also include “standard processes” or “guidelines” that describe how to implement or perform a number of activities to meet the standard.

  • Standard processes must be followed and specific forms must be used where consistent practices are needed to complete the required processes and activities or to report results across the government.

  • Guidelines and templates are provided where business operations, workplaces and employee tasks need flexibility to achieve the standard. Templates may be used unaltered, or users may modify them to develop internal forms that meet their needs.

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OH&S PROGRAM ELEMENTS AND COMPONENTS

The chart that immediately follows shows the seven elements of the Occupational Health and Safety Program.

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The second chart identifies the components, standards, standard processes, forms, guidelines and templates that make up the first element, Occupational Health and Safety Management.

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For example, “Health and Safety Committees and Contacts” is one component of Occupational Health and Safety Management. This component includes the standard that governs the terms of reference and responsibilities of Health and Safety Committees and Contacts. It also includes the Standard Process that must be followed to appoint committee members or contacts. The standard process includes specific forms to communicate the names of committee members or contacts.

Another component within Occupational Health and Safety Management is Occupational Health and Safety for Contracted Services. Because departments contract many different types of work and services to be performed at various workplaces, the Health and Safety for Contracted Services component includes guidelines and templates that may be used directly or modified by contract managers to help them manage their occupational health and safety responsibilities in the contract.

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SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

The Government of Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Program is based on the Alberta Public Service – Workplace Health Framework. The Government of Alberta’s Master Agreement with the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees and, provincial health and safety legislation solidify the foundation for the program.

Alberta Public Service – Workplace Health Framework

The Workplace Health Framework clearly communicates how occupational health and safety is delivered within the Government of Alberta.

Workplace Health is a “comprehensive and integrated approach that fosters a culture where health, well-being and safety are an important part of everyday work. Workplace health focuses on continuously improving the quality of life within the workplace by creating and sustaining a safe and healthy work environment that supports organizational effectiveness.”

Master Agreement

The philosophy of the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees is that injuries and occupational illnesses can be prevented. An effective occupational health and safety program will result in a safer and healthier work environment for all employees, a reduction in injuries and a reduction in loss and damage to materials, equipment, facilities and property.

Article 43 of the Master Agreement indicates that the Government of Alberta and Alberta Union of Provincial Employees agree to participate in the Government of Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Program. The success of the program depends on everyone’s active participation. Every employee shall take reasonable care to protect the health and safety of themselves and others. This article addresses employees’ health and safety concerns through reference to the Government of Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Program and Health and Safety Committees and Contacts, rather than through the grievance process.

Legislation

Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety legislation provides the minimum health and safety requirements for all workers at Alberta workplaces. The Government of Alberta operates in accordance with Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation and Code. Various other provincial as well as federal acts, regulations and codes, which are applicable to and affect our health and safety responsibilities, are also incorporated in the Government of Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Program.

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Last Review / Update: 2015-02-17

Directive: Occupational Health & Safety


Introduction
OH&S Management
Hazard Management
OH&S Training
Inspections
Emergency Preparedness
Incident Management
OH&S Program Evaluation
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