On-Track Safety Solutions

Alberta Proposed WCB Changes 2017

Several changes have happened in Alberta in the past two years, and another change to safety is coming in what is being called a major overhaul of the current WCB program.  This includes the change that workers will be given the right to refuse unsafe work without loss of pay as some believe that the system has been tipped in the employer’s favour for too long.

 

Other changes listed from an article from CBC news in Bill 30 include:

  • An end to the $98,700 cap on insurable earnings for workers compensation benefits. That means people who earn more than that amount would receive benefits based on their current income.
  • Workers would still get paid even if a stop work order is imposed on their worksite. The government hopes this would encourage more people to report unsafe conditions.
  • Employers and supervisors would be required to take measures to prevent harassment and violence in the workplace. Workers would be prohibited from engaging in harassing, bullying or violent behaviour.
  • Spouses of workers killed on the job would be treated equally. All would receive benefits for five years. Spouses with children would receive benefits until the youngest child is 18, or 25, if that child is in college or university.
  • The government would create an independent Fair Practices Office to guide injured workers through the WCB system and provide support.
  • Larger workplaces, those with 20 or more workers, would have to create a joint work health and safety committee. Sites with five to 19 workers would need to designate a health and safety representative. These provisions apply to projects lasting 90 days or more. Alberta would be the last province to make these committees mandatory
  • Workplaces would have to report “near-miss’ incidents that could have killed or seriously injured someone.

Links to find out more about the changes that could be coming:

Customized Safety Manual

We can assist you in creating & implementing a Health & Safety Manual to meet the submission requirements for COR or SECOR for the following associations:

Alberta

  • Alberta Construction Safety Association’s (ACSA), Enform, Alberta Association of Safety Partnerships (AASP), Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA), Alberta Safety Council, Alberta Safety Partnerships, and Manufacturers Health and Safety Association (MHSA)

Saskatchewan

  • Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA), Enform, and Work Safe Saskatchewan

British Columbia

  • Enform, BC Construction Safety Alliance, British Columbia Municipal Safety Association, Trucking Safety Council of BC.

All manuals will be customized for your specific needs.

If you’ve created your own COR or SECOR safety manual we can review your documentation prior to submission and provide advice and assistance.

Our programs can include any of the information below, and additional sections can also be added:

  • Health and Safety Policies
  • Hazard Assessments
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Safe Job Procedures
  • Company Rules
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Training and Communication
  • Inspections
  • Investigations and Reporting
  • Emergency Response
  • Records and Statistics
  • Legislation
  • WHMIS
  • Orientation
  • Violence
  • Drug & Alcohol
  • Commercial Vehicle Regulations
  • Light Duty
  • Waste Management/Environmental Policy
  • ISNetworld® RAVS information

A Word From The Owner

At On-Track Safety Solutions Ltd. we are committed to a safe and healthy workplace for everyone – our employees, customers, and subcontractors. Our success is directly related to our dedication to safety and quality.

We continually train our workforce to ensure safe and successful projects. We take pride in the fact that our zero injury goal continues to be met, providing our customers with confidence in our safety and services.

Diana Rude
President/Owner
On-Track Safety Solutions Ltd.

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