OHS Prevention Initiatives and Updates

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Occupational Health & Safety Prevention Initiatives:

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

This is the goal of the occupational health and safety (OHS) system – 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.

To learn more about the prevention initiative:

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Slips, Trips, and Falls

Each year, thousands of workers report injuries to WCB related to slips, trips and falls. These injury mechanisms account for 39.0 per cent of the cost for the top 20 non-fatal injuries reported to WCB. They include falls from ladder; non-moving vehicle; fall to lower level; slipping on something-without falling; and fall down stairs/steps (OHS Prevention Initiative).

Slips, trips and falls are frequent injuries at all Alberta work sites. These resources include focused information for employers, supervisors, and workers.

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD)

In 2017, this category was the most common cause for both lost-time and disabling injury claims in Alberta, and accounted for 41.0 per cent of the lost-time claims and 45.3 per cent of the disabling injury claims (Alberta Labour, 2018). Ergonomic factors, such as repetitive use, overuse, and improper lifting of heavy objects significantly contribute to musculoskeletal disorders such as sprains, strains and overexertion injuries. These factors are major risks for conditions such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, hernias and lower back pain (OHS Prevention Initiative).

Resources include information for the prevention of injuries to muscles, tendons, bones, and nerves from 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: Dec. 8, 2021