Bill 30 proposes an updated version of the occupational health and safety act in Alberta to take effect on June 1, 2018. This is Alberta’s first significant change to its OHS act since 1976.
Right to refuse. From the get-go this bill addresses workers rights and particularly the right of a worker to refuse dangerous work. This used to place the responsibility on the worker but now places that responsibility on the company instead. This is meant to protect working people from being held responsible and instead puts it on the company to establish firm safety practices.
Right to know. This simply ensures that workers have the right to safety information and awareness of any workplace hazards
Right to Participate. This part of the bill is trying to incorporate some type of worker involvement in the safety practices of a company. This includes being involved in discussions but also encourages workers to join safety committees and be a part of the safety process.
Being involved is more work but it’s a great way for workers to have a voice in the overall best safety. This could include requesting specific courses and training or just having a say in firmly established procedures. Either way involvement of the worker is important as the safety is, in the end, for the worker.