OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 2 Hazard Assessment, Elimination and Control


  • Section 7 requires employers to assess a work site and identify existing or potential hazards before work begins. Employers must prepare a report that provides the results of the assessment and specifies the methods that will be used to control or eliminate the hazards. (Section 8 of the OHS Regulation requires that the report be in writing and available to workers.)
  • Section 8 requires employers, if reasonably practicable, to involve workers in assessing, controlling and eliminating potential hazards.
  • Section 9 requires employers to eliminate hazards whenever it is reasonably practicable to do so. If elimination is not reasonably practicable, hazards must be controlled

    • first by using engineering controls
    • then administrative controls, and
    • and finally, as a last option, by using personal protective equipment.

  • Section 11 requires an employer to prepare an occupational health and safety plan if ordered to do so by a Director. A Director is a staff member of Alberta Human Services, appointed by the Minister under Section 5 of the OHS Act.