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Occupational Health & Safety (OHS)

Basic safety standards now apply to paid workers while they are onsite:

  • Doing nothing is NOT an option
  • Employers must take reasonable steps to provide a safe and healthy workplace
  • Workers are now able to refuse unsafe work that presents an imminent danger
  • OHS personnel are now able to investigate serious injuries and fatalities.


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Who is affected ...

Farms and ranches with at least one waged, non-family worker will be covered by the basic safety standards set out in the OHS Act, and the appropriate technical rules once they are developed. OHS standards will only apply to an operation if a paid worker is present on the farm or ranch, and then only to those waged individuals.

Family members of the owner of a farm or ranch operation are explicitly excluded from the application of OHS. Family and friends can continue contributing to farming operations as they always have, and neighbours can still volunteer to help each other out.

A family member is defined as:

  • The spouse or adult interdependent partner of the farm or ranch owner; or
  • A child, parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or first cousin of the farm or ranch owner. This relation can be by blood, marriage, or adoption, or by virtue of an adult interdependent relationship.

OHS law does not apply to the private residence, which includes areas around the home, like the lawn area, backyard or garden, or when people are doing non-work related activities on their land, such as recreational activities like horseback riding or hunting.

Basic Safety Standards

Until detailed technical rules are developed, producers with non-family, waged workers will need to follow generally acceptable industry standards and apply general health and safety principles, such as hazard assessments, safeguarding, and use of personal protective equipment.

Workers will be able to refuse unsafe work that presents an imminent danger.

OHS officers will have authorization to investigate serious injuries or deaths of paid, non-family workers. Such investigations could involve reviewing health and safety procedures, condition of equipment, availability of training, etc.

OHS does not investigate non-paid or non-work related incidents. The only exemption is if an owner requests an investigation of an incident involving a resident to help determine what went wrong, and to provide learnings to help prevent similar incidents from happening elsewhere.

Refusing Unsafe Work

A worker who believes their work is unsafe is obligated to tell their employer. The employer is obligated to provide a safe and healthy work environment and must investigate the situation and provide a solution that ensures the work can be performed safely. In these cases, the worker’s job security is guaranteed.

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