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As Bill 30 begins to come into effect on June 1, 2018, we start to look at what these changes will mean in terms of how we operate our companies. One of the requirements being introduced by Bill 30 is the Joint Health and Safety Committee.
With the changes introduced by Bill 30 that are required to be implemented by July 1, 2018, many company owners are worried and wondering what this will mean for them in regards to the safety program requirement.
You want to keep your employees safe while on the job, and you believe in following rules and regulations that help you ensure their safety. But have you ever wondered what else you can be doing? Maybe legislation has changed and there are new requirements that you are unaware of. Maybe your scope of work has changed over the years and your program needs to be updated but you’re not sure where to start or what to include. Continuous improvement within your company leads to better bottom lines. This applies to your safety program as well.
Mental Health has long since been a taboo subject of conversation. For a long time it was considered polite to mind your own business and to avoid drawing attention to or question another person’s mental health issues. However, with upcoming legislative changes in Bill 30, employers have even more responsibilities to ensure the well-beingof their workers including their mental health.
What would happen if there was a fatality on one of my sites? That is probably a question that has kept many company owners awake at night. We’ve all seen the news reports of the unfortunate families and companies that do have the misfortune of knowing what happens. The number of fatalities accepted by WCB Alberta per year has increased significantly over the last 3 years. It has risen from 25 in 2015, to 26 in 2016, to 34 in 2017.
It’s not uncommon for a worksite to have more than one employer present on a worksite in Alberta. So with so much activity and so many people present on one site, there needs to be one single party that oversees and coordinates the worksite. This is where the Prime Contractor comes in.
Domestic violence does not play preference to gender, religion, marital status, cultural beliefs or financial status. Domestic Violence is around us every day, and is effecting working Albertans at home and on the job. The old saying “Leave your home/work problems at the door” is easier said than done. What happens when issues at home show up to work and effect the general well-being of employees?
There will be some major changes happening this year in Occupational Health and Safety, as well as in the Workers Compensation Board, which will mean big changes for all companies. The purpose of Bill 30 is to improve worker safety, modernize workplace standards and practices, better align Alberta’s standards with the rest of Canada and to provide greater compensation and benefits to injured workers and their families.
The holidays are a busy time of year for many people and sometimes the small things are easily overlooked. So in the spirit of the holiday season, Safety Ahead would like to give everyone some holiday tips for things such as holiday decorations and planning a road trip to help you make sure your Christmas is not only merry but safe as well.
Supervisors play a very important role in the workplace, they set the example for the workers to follow. Supervisors are looked to by their workers to provide guidance, leadership and support in their daily tasks. Employers also rely on their supervisors to monitor and mentor their workers, as well as make sure that all workers understand their rights and responsibilities and are performing their duties in a safe and healthy manner.