Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) promotes health and safety through partnerships, resources, education and enforcement of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
What does OHS do?
Occupational Health and Safety:
- offers explanations on the minimum legislated standards;
- provides health and safety advice and information to employers and workers; and
- ensures compliance with the minimum legislated standards through partnerships, complaint resolution,
- investigations of incidents and targeted inspections.
OHS is different than the WCB
- OHS is a branch of the government (part of Employment and Immigration) while the WCB is an independent organization that is entirely funded by employer contributions.
- OHS focuses on prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses while the WCB is an insurance program that helps injured workers return to work and obtain compensation for lost wages.
- For more information about the WCB, go to www.wcb.ab.ca.