You are an employer if...
- You employ or engage one or more workers, including workers from a temporary staffing agency;
- You are designated to represent an employer; or
- You are responsible for overseeing workers’ health and safety for your corporation or employer
- You employ waged, non-family workers in a farm and ranch operation
As an employer, you must do everything you reasonably can to:
Make sure that your crew is aware of their rights.
It's your responsibility to make your crew aware of their rights and responsibilities under OHS legislation and of any workplace health and safety issues. Workers have three fundamental rights under the OHS Act:
- The Right to Know
- The Right to Participate
- The Right to Refuse Dangerous Work
Learn more about the rights of your workers by reviewing Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Provide health and safety information.
This is information that may affect the health and safety of a person on your worksite. It includes information about hazards on the site, hazard controls and work practices and procedures.
Health and safety information doesn't include personal information about identifiable individual, confidential proprietary information or trade secrets.
Ensure that everyone on your worksite is properly trained.
It's up to you to make sure workers have the skills and training to do their jobs safely. You must make sure that they're appropriately trained in work practices and procedures, how to safely use equipment and how to select and use personal protective equipment that they require.
You're also responsible for making sure that their supervisors are competent and familiar with relevant OHS legislation that applies to the work performed. If a prime contractor is required on your worksite, you must provide them with the names of all the supervisors.
Protect your crew from harassment or violence.
You're responsible for protecting your workers from harassment or violence at the work site and ensure that workers don't participate in harassment or violence.
Quickly resolve health and safety concerns.
If health or safety concerns arise on your worksite, it's your job to work with a joint worksite health and safety committee (HSC) or a health and safety (HS) representative to resolve issues in a timely manner.
Please Note: The above represents only some of your responsibilities as an employer. There are many other employer obligations found throughout the OHS Act, Regulation and Code. You, as the employer, must ensure compliance with all such obligations. Find more information on the Government of Alberta website.