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Province increases actions to keep Albertans safe and healthy

By Workplace Staff
| www.cos-mag.com

New plan increases inspections, tackles occupational diseases and motor vehicle injuries, and formalizes family involvement in court sentencing

With four items on the 10-point occupational health and safety plan completed, the Alberta government is adding four new initiatives to help keep working Albertans safe and healthy.

“Work-related diseases and vehicle incidents are killing more workers than injuries are,” said Employment and Immigration Minister Thomas Lukaszuk. “It is time we took steps to reduce these work-related fatalities.”

The new initiatives are:

Identifying new ways to reduce work-related motor vehicle incidents - a new best practices guide and e-learning program, Driving for Work: Developing Safe Practices for Employers and Workers, will help employers develop effective safe driving programs for their employees.  

Identifying new ways to reduce work-related diseases - Lukaszuk has instructed Employment and Immigration to establish an occupational disease prevention program.

Formalizing the process to ensure that family input is sought on each and every occasion that involves a creative sentence.

Making the enforcement system even stronger - hiring an additional eight Occupational Health and Safety Officers will bring the total to 102 and will result in a stronger presence on Alberta worksites. 

Lukaszuk launched a 10-point plan for Occupational Health and Safety in July.  He confirmed that as of November 8, four items from that list will have been completed. These include a stronger compliance system, a template for employer records, a website with records of companies and a review of the Work Safe Alberta initiative. On November 8, Lukaszuk will be hosting a forum with a number of industry and labour stakeholders, the first since 2005. The remaining six items are still underway.

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