OHS Insider Month in Review – March 2019 Alberta
LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
|Workers’ Comp Filing Deadline
Feb. 28, 2019
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.
Jan.: More than 6 months after Bill 30 took effect, the government finally published the training standards and list of approved providers for required training of workplace health and safety committee co-chairs and/or health and safety representatives. Highlights:
- Part 1: Prerequisite course of 2 hours providing general overview of workplace rights and duties and committee and representative roles
- Part 2: Training course of 6 to 8 hours delivered by designated trainer providing details about committee and representative functions, including meetings, inspections, work refusals and incident investigations.
Work Fatalities Alberta from Jan. to Sept. 2018 (vs. Same Period 2017)
|Type of Fatality||WCB Claims Accepted 2018||WCB Claims Accepted 2017|
Feb. 21: Photo radar operations in Alberta aren’t doing enough to improve traffic safety to justify the abuse and privacy concerns they raise, according to an independent third-party review. Recommendations:
- Clarify roles and responsibilities for photo radar programs
- Require municipalities to ensure photo radar data is tied directly to safety
- Require municipalities and police to post radar locations on their websites
- Ban radar use in transition zones, i.e., near speed limit signs that post a lower speed than the next closest sign, and high-speed multi-lane roadways
- Require annual reporting of photo radar results in improving safety.
March 12: That’s the deadline to comment on the WCB’s new 2019 Policy Project Plan. Policy issues targeted for review this year:
- Coverage of medical cannabis to treat work-related injuries
- Coverage of medical assistance in dying
- The rate-setting process
- The stakeholder consultation process
- Definition of “permanent total disability”
- Coverage of travel costs for workers who travel to get medical treatment.
Workers’ Comp Benefits
March 5: That’s when the WCB will end consultations on a proposed policy to cover medical assistance in dying for workers with terminal work-related injuries and its impact on the survival benefits of their family.