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WHY ALBERTA LABOUR – OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY HAS INTRODUCED ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES

Worksafe Alberta has reported that new Administrative Penalties have been introduced in 2014 in our province. There was no middle ground when Inspectors were attempting to enforce a penalty for a violation to the OHS Act, regulations and code.

This was developed as an extra tool to address non compliance when it refers to safety matters at the workplace in Alberta. This compliance tool is intended to encourage companies and staff to comply by reducing the risk of workplace illnesses and injury. As a result, employers and workers who violate the occupational health and safety laws may be subject to penalties assessed by the department. There will be a particular focus on repeat offenders.

These administrative penalties can apply to the employer, worker, prime contractor, supplier or an individual worker. The maximum amount of the administrative penalty is $10,000 for a contravention. If this contravention continues for more than one day, a maximum levy of $10,000 per day may apply. See sections 40.3,40(1) of the OHS Act.

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