Source: Jeremy Simes,, May 10, 2018 

Alberta producers can expect new rules this summer that require them to have a clear health and safety plan and will also spell out how they should address injuries and dangerous-work refusals.

The rules, which come into effect June 1 and apply to farms with paid employees, are part of the government’s plans to update the Occupational Health and Safety code.

The changes mean farms with fewer than 20 workers who are employed for 90 days or longer will be required to have someone designated as a health and safety representative.

The representative, which will be chosen by the workers, will be responsible for addressing complaints, doing regular inspections, identifying and mitigating potential hazards and co-operating with an OH&S officer should there be an investigation.

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