timberland store Alberta Occupational Health and Safety officers can now issue tickets
The first 10 OHS officers to graduate from peace officer training with new ticketing powers received their certificates during a ceremony at the Art Gallery of Alberta on Thursday.The government says the new designation will allow OHS officers conducting inspections to issue administrative fines of up to $10,000 and tickets of up to $500 to employers and workers who cut corners and put people at risk.Calling it a “historic first for Alberta,” Lukaszuk said OHS educational programs have been successful but it time for serious re offenders to take a hit to the pocketbook.”We will be slapping them with tickets and fines because no one has the right to put themselves in danger and in particular, no one has the right to put their co workers in danger by not practising safe rules around the workplace,” said Lukaszuk.Revenue from the tickets will likely go to OHS educational programs but Lukaszuk said it something he working out with Alberta Treasury Board and Finance. A portion may go into general revenues,
he said, but the “ultimate goal” is to beef up OHS.”It not meant to be a money generator. These are peace officers. I not placing any quotas on them but I will support their decisions and if a peace officer feels that they have to issue a ticket or fine, they will do so.”Lukaszuk said the initiative has been very well received by employers and unions. Training will continue in 2014 until all 143 OHS officers are certified to write tickets. The next set is expected to graduate in June.OHS Peace Officer graduate Jay Ambler can now write tickets for 67 provisions under the law, including $500 tickets to employers who don have Materials Safety Data Sheets and $200 tickets to workers who fail to wear safety vests when exposed to traffic.”It well known that this is a new tool and I think it spread through the industry,” said Ambler,
adding many of his inspections are unannounced spot checks.