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Alberta Workplace Health and Safety Compliance Orders
  1. An Alberta Workplace Health and Safety Officer inspected your workplace.
  2. They either gave you verbal or written compliance orders (see definitions below) and
  3. They gave you a time limit in which you the employer have to ensure compliance with.
  4. You know what you have to do but may not know where to start.
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ASCL has first hand experience in working with Alberta Workplace Health and Safety and ensuring conformity with compliance orders.

Definitions:

Verbal Compliance Order(s):
If the Officer is of the opinion that work is being carried out in a manner that is unhealthy or unsafe to the workers on site and the employer agrees to comply with minimum legislated standards and is able to achieve compliance immediately, an Officer may issue a verbal compliance directive.

If a verbal compliance directive is given, the OHS Officer will complete an inspection report and ensure that corrective action has been taken and compliance has been achieved before leaving the work site.

Written Compliance Order(s):
If an Officer observes non-compliance during an inspection, action will be taken. An Officer must take appropriate action to address observed non-compliance with the legislation.

There are a number of compliance tools available to an Officer to achieve compliance. The following enforcement actions may be taken according to what is most appropriate:
  1. Compliance Order: under the authority of Section 9(2) of the OHS Act When non-compliance is observed, the Officer may issue a written standard compliance order noting the contraventions and requiring compliance by a specific date.
  2. Stop Use Order: under the authority of Section 11 of the OHS Act When equipment is observed to be unsafe, or when the Officer is of the opinion that the use of this equipment has the potential to seriously injure workers, the officer will stop the use of the equipment until the appropriate corrective action is taken. The Officer issues a written stop use order on the equipment to prohibit any person from using the equipment. The Officer may attach a Stop Use Tag on the identified piece of equipment
  3. Stop Work Order: under the authority of Section 10 of the OHS Act When an officer is of the opinion that work is being carried out in a manner that is unhealthy or unsafe, the officer may issue a stop work order to have the employer and workers stop the work in question immediately. The Officer may initially issue a verbal Stop Work Order followed by a written order issued to the employer identifying the measures that the officer considers necessary to remove the source of danger or protect any person from the danger


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