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New Occupational Health and Safety Rules
Since January 2016, waged, non-family farm and ranch workers have been covered by the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act and Regulation.
Since January 2016, waged, non-family farm and ranch workers have been covered by the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act and Regulation. These changes ensure workers who may be injured while on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation. Since then, the Alberta government has worked closely with stakeholders including the AgCoalition, to develop safety rules that increase worker protection and reflect the nature of work on farms and ranches.
On December 1, waged, non-family farm and ranch workers will have similar safety protections as other agricultural workers across Canada. Alberta was the only province where farms and ranches were still exempt from workplace health and safety laws. These changes modernize the rules and address workplace hazards, safety training and maintenance of equipment.
As with all OHS laws, these rules do not apply to family members, neighbours helping neighbours or farm kids helping out with chores and participating in 4-H.
The OHS Code now includes some provisions that are unique to the agriculture sector. This means there are rules for all other provincially regulated industries, and modified rules for farms and ranches to reflect the unique nature of agricultural work. The rest of the OHS Code applies.
Moving forward, the Alberta government and AgSafe will continue to provide resources and information to help farmers and ranchers implement these rules. AgSafe is the industry-led safety association for the agriculture sector and already provides many detailed resources on farm safety. AgSafe supports the important safety work already going on in the agriculture industry and works with agriculture employers to build on the sector’s safety culture.
AgSafe provides guides on topics such as hazard management, confined spaces and emergency response as well as forms and templates you can use at your work site. Visit agsafeab.ca for tools and resources to help you implement the new rules, including booking a farm safety visit with an AgSafe advisor at agsafeab.ca.
For information on all the OHS rules for farms and ranches, visit farmandranch.alberta.ca.
If you have questions, call OHS at 1-866-415-8690, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.