OHS Prevention Initiatives and Updates

For more content, publications, and resources provided by Alberta Labour and Immigration, visit the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Resource Portal or the OHS Prevention Initiative page.

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Occupational Health & Safety Prevention Initiatives:

Every year, Albertans are killed or harmed while on the job. In recent years, there has been an average of 50,000 work-related injuries per year. Workplace fatalities, illnesses and injuries can be prevented by taking actions before an event occurs.

The goal for OHS system is to keep workplaces and workers healthy and safe. This is done through awareness and action.

The OHS prevention initiative focuses on reducing common workplace injuries, protecting at-risk workers and identifying higher-risk work situations. The initiative also coordinates efforts between OHS system partners to achieve better health and safety outcomes.

Click on the links below to learn about the background of the Prevention Initiative.

Subscribe to the Government of Alberta’s health and safety eNews to receive bulletins with important OHS information, in addition to the monthly newsletter.

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slip, trip and fall hazards can occur in various situations such as:

  • transition areas between the outside and the inside (uneven or slippery floor surfaces).
  • while products are being unloaded (empty pallets, debris or spills).
  • while working at heights (using ladders or getting into or out of a vehicle).
  • while going from one part of the workplace to another (between 47 and 52 per cent of all fall-related injuries are from a fall to the floor, walkway or other surface).

Visit the OHS Resource page Slips, Trips, and Falls (Government of Alberta - published May 2022) for information for employers, supervisors, and workers.

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD)

MSDs is an umbrella term that includes injuries of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and nerves. Knowing these usual causes for MSDs can keep you and others healthy and safe at work.

MSD are one of the most common and chronic conditions in Canada and cost Canadians billions of dollars each year due to healthcare visits and time loss from work. The good news is that MSDs are often preventable. Incorporating economical and straight forward workplace actions can prevent workplace MSDs and keep workers healthy and safe, and on the job.

Visit the OHS Resource page Musculoskeletal Disorders (Government of Alberta - published August 2021) for more information on the prevention of injuries to muscles, tendons, bones, and nerves from the sprains and strains.

Return to the Workplace

OHS Special Edition June 30, 2021

To view this special edition, please click here. Topics included are:

  • COVID-19 as a workplace hazard
  • Respiratory Protective Equipment: Ministerial Order 2020-32 expires soon
  • Hyperlinks to Resources in the special edition include:
    • Employer’s toolkit for vaccination
    • Hazard Assessment and Control: a handbook for Alberta employers and workers
    • Occupational health and safety guidance for workers
    • Psychological hazards: Returning to the workplace
    • Public health measures in effect
    • Respiratory viruses and the workplace
    • Respiratory protective equipment: An employer’s guide
    • Respiratory protective equipment: Code of practice development
    • Worker de-conditioning following an absence from the workplace

Working in Extreme Heat - June 28, 2021

Employers and workers need to know how to protect themselves from heat exposure and recognize the signs of heat stress.

Click on the following to learn about the health risks associated when working in extreme heat situations and how to protect workers:

Page updated: June 7, 2022