LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
March 1: That’s the effective date of new entry-level safety training for Class 1 and Class 2 drivers adopted in the wake of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team bus tragedy. Drivers getting a Class 1 or Class 2 licence between now and then will have to take the new enhanced knowledge and road test (at government expense) when it goes into effect in March.
Dec. 1: OHS Code changes take effect to increase protection for waged, non-family workers on farms and ranches, including mandatory:
- Emergency evacuation plans
- Protections against falls into bins and hoppers
- PPE training
- Mechanical equipment for moving heavy and awkward loads
- Machine guarding
- Standards for scaffolding
- Workplace violence prevention plans.
Farm Safety Grants
Oct. 15: Alberta launched a new 3-year program providing up to $6 million to help employers offset the costs of complying with the new OHS Code requirements for farm workers that take effect on Dec. 1. Details:
- Grant covers up to 50% of eligible safety expenses up to $5K per year or $10K over life of program
- Eligible expenses include first aid kits, warning signs, fire extinguishers, PPE, respirators, seat belts and OHS training.
Jan. 1: Registered nurses will now have authority to prescribe drugs (other than opiate drugs, cannabis and other controlled substances) in workplace health and safety and other clinics. The new regulations also authorize nurse practitioners to set bone fractures and perform other limited medical operations that previously had to be done by a doctor.
Jan. 1: Maximum assessable earnings remain $98,700 for the full 2018 year but the WCB will revise the MAE calculation formula for 2019.