OHS Compliance | How it works

OHS Compliance | How it works

OHS enforces compliance with provincial legislation through education, work site inspections, and other enforcement measures.

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation protects the health and safety of workers on provincially regulated work sites.

Who’s not affected

Some workers in Alberta don’t currently fall under provincial OHS legislation. These include:

  • the owner of a farm or ranch operation and their family members, unpaid workers such as relatives, neighbours and children doing chores or participating in 4-H
  • domestic workers
  • federal government employees
  • workers in federally regulated industries such as banking and aviation

How OHS laws are enforced

OHS officers have authority to enforce the legislation in a number of ways, including:

  • conducting inspections
  • issuing orders
  • writing tickets
  • issuing administrative penalties

Proactive Strategic Programs

Every year, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) selects employers for enhanced inspection and education activity.

Learn more about Proactive Strategic Programs.

Education resources

Workers, employers and other parties regulated by OHS legislation have responsibilities under the law.

OHS makes educational resources available to assist work site parties understand their legal responsibilities and develop best practices at work.

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

Modified: 2018-05-08
PID: 15292

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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