Risk assessments & workplace inspections in Alberta
Risk assessments are an excellent tool to gather information that can be used to avert accidents, injuries and illnesses in the workplace. Employers are required by law to conduct risk assessments to ensure workplace safety. These in-depth examinations help in identification of hazards so they can either be eliminated or minimized using control measures.
In Alberta, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) officers have the authority to conduct inspections in provincially regulated workplaces and hold these companies responsible for complying with the OHSA.
How are workplace inspections typically conducted?
Workplace inspections conducted by the OHS officers are typically done without notice. During the workplace inspection, the officer may conduct activities, such as the following, to gain information about the workplace:
- Taking measurements, samples, recording or photos
- Interviewing and obtaining statements from persons with information related to health and safety of workers in the workplace
- Asking for and making copies of documentation
To effectively conduct an inspection, OHS officers will use a variety of tools, such as:
- Giving health and safety presentations
- Meeting with staff or management
- Serving violation tickets
- Issuing orders
We can help you with workplace risk assessments and with understanding, accommodating or appealing a workplace inspection.
Give our helpline a call so our health and safety experts can assist you with issues pertaining to risk assessments, workplace inspections, or other health and safety issues. Contact our helpline at 1-888-207-0657.