OHS Laws

OHS Laws

Laws governing health and safety in Alberta’s workplaces fall under the OHS Act, Regulation and Code, and related legislation.

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety is responsible for enforcing OHS laws through inspections, investigations and prosecutions. The legislation establishes minimum standards for safe and healthy practices in Alberta workplaces.

This includes:

Occupational Health and Safety Council (OHSC)

The OHSC is an administrative body that performs an advisory function in accordance with the power and authority specified under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The OHSC advises the Minister on matters relating to the health and safety of Alberta workers, hears appeals related to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, presents the OHS code to the Minister, and carries out duties assigned by the Minister.


Workers and employers have a shared responsibility to comply with health and safety legislation. For information on OHS legislation compliance and enforcement, see Compliance and Investigations.

Westray Memorandum of Understanding

The Westray Memorandum of Understanding defines protocols between police and occupational health and safety (OHS) officers for investigating serious workplace incidents. This will help investigators determine if criminal charges may be warranted in addition to OHS violations.

Modified: 2017-07-21
PID: 12615

Contact OHS

1-866-415-8690 (toll-free)
780-415-8690 (Edmonton)

TTY: 780-427-9999 (Edmonton)
TTY: 1-800-232-7215

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