For employers in the Canadian province of Alberta, taking short cuts related to workplace safety measures could end up costing them in more ways than one.
The Government of Alberta recently congratulated the first 10 OHS officers who have completed newly designed peace officer training.
The new designation gives officers the ability to write tickets to employers and workers who cut corners and put people at risk.
“I am proud of these officers. When you see them on your job site, know they are looking out for your well-being. If you’re taking risks on the job, you can now expect to be ticketed for it.” Stated Thomas Lukaszuk, minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labor.
Tickets Range from $100 to $500
There are 67 ticket-able provisions, which will hold workers and employers accountable for specific violations of the OHS legislation. Tickets range from $100 to $500 and can be issued on the spot.
The next set of graduating officers is set to complete training in June 2014. Classes of officers will continue training until all 143 OHS officers are certified to write tickets.
Under the Building Alberta Plan, the government is investing in families and communities, living within their means, and opening new markets for Alberta’s resources to ensure the province is able to fund the services Albertans informed officials matter most to them.