Alberta needs better system to ensure workplace safety orders followed: auditor

Journal of Commerce OH&S   |   by The Canadian Press   |   Jul 5, 2016

EDMONTON – Alberta’s auditor general says the provincial government is still not doing enough to enforce compliance with workplace safety orders.

Merwan Saher says six years after an audit found problems with occupational health and safety orders, the government can’t show that its policies are keeping workers safe.

In a report released today, Saher is repeating a recommendation made in 2010 for the Labour Department to improve its planning and reporting.

He also repeats a suggestion that the department clarify and enforce rules it uses when it gives employers more time to fix worksite health and safety problems.

Saher says workers will continue to be exposed to avoidable if there isn’t a better way to enforce the rules.

The report says that if the recommendations are not followed, employers who fail to comply with orders may gain an unfair advantage over companies that spend time and resources to keep their worksites safe.