Administrative penalties

Administrative penalties

An administrative penalty is a monetary penalty issued by OHS for non-compliance with OHS legislation.

Administrative penalties came into effect October 1, 2013, for employers and workers who put health and safety at risk. Preventive in nature, penalties encourage compliance and are issued by Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) for serious or repeat non-compliance with OHS legislation.

When an OHS officer observes either a contravention of OHS legislation or non-compliance with an order, acceptance or approval at a work site, the officer may refer a regulated work site party for an administrative penalty.

Penalty amounts

Administrative penalty amounts are a maximum of $10,000 per day, per contravention.

Who can receive penalties?

Administrative penalties can be issued to:

  • prime contractors
  • contractors
  • employers
  • workers
  • suppliers

How penalties are determined

Administrative penalties are determined by OHS on a case-by-case basis. Some of the factors that are considered in deciding an administrative penalty are:

  • the severity of the contravention
  • risk of harm resulting from the contravention
  • the regulated party’s compliance history, including
    • orders
    • violation tickets
    • other interactions with OHS
  • whether there is a demonstrated commitment to health and safety

How penalties are issued

OHS follows the principles of fair process in issuing administrative penalties, including providing notice of the administrative penalty and offering recipients the opportunity to be heard before a final penalty amount is determined.

Administrative penalties issued under the OHS Act

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

Modified: 2016-03-07
PID: 15297

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