OHS may charge work site parties who violate Alberta occupational health and safety legislation.


What’s important to know

Under the OHS Act, charges must be laid within 2 years of an incident.

If an OHS investigation determines that a violation of the OHS Act, Regulation or Code has caused a fatality or other serious incident, the incident file may be sent to Alberta Justice for review.

Who can be charged

Work site parties regulated by the OHS Act include:

  • employers
  • workers
  • contractors
  • prime contractors
  • suppliers

Incident files

Each incident file includes:

  • evidence
  • witness statements
  • third party expert analysis, where relevant
  • the OHS investigation report summarizing the incident

OHS Charges

After incident files are reviewed by Alberta Justice, charges will be laid if both of these occur:

  • there’s a reasonable likelihood of a conviction
  • a prosecution is in the public interest

Active OHS charges

Read the list of charges pending under the OHS Act, or sign up for updates.

Summary of prosecutions

Read the summary of Alberta OHS prosecutions penalties.

In case of any inconsistency between this information and the OHS Act, Regulation, Code, the legislation will always prevail.

Modified: 2016-02-09
PID: 15313

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780-415-8690 (Edmonton)

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