Bill 47 in Alberta: Ensuring Safety and Cutting Red Tape Act (2020) Protects Workers from Radiation

      Bill 47 in Alberta: Ensuring Safety and Cutting Red Tape Act (2020) Protects Workers from Radiation

      The Occupational Health and Safety Act consists of rules and regulations for workers in the workplace. The goal is to keep employees safe and healthy so they can do their work without getting injured or becoming ill. There are various standards set out by the legislation to help protect workers from potential hazards, such as radiation exposure. This blog post will explore why it's important that there be an OHS code regarding radiation, what could happen if this rule was not in place, and how it helps provide protection for workers.

      Bill 47 - the Ensuring Safety and Cutting Red Tape Act, 2020 will be updated through changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Code in late 2021. Bill 47 was created with the ultimate goal to help ensure that workers can rely on a sustainable compensation system if they were to develop an occupational illness or become injured on the job.

      Bill 47 includes updates to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Radiation Protection Act and Workers’ Compensation Act. Updates to the Occupational Health and Safety Act will make it easier for employers and health and safety representatives/committee members to achieve compliance within their offices!

      If you're a manager or employer who deals with equipment producing radiation (like x-rays) on a regular basis, make sure your staff knows about the dangers of radiation exposure!

      Bill 47 is a safety measure for radiation-exposed workers, including dental professionals. Bill 47 ensures that all radiation-exposed workers receive the necessary protection from radiation and are monitored with regular health checks to ensure their safety. The Occupational Health and Safety Act has added "radiation" as a prescribed substance under the Hazardous Substances Act in 2020. This means that employers have an obligation to protect radiation-exposed workers from workplace hazards, including radiation. Employers must also monitor radiation levels when they design new workplaces or change existing ones. The Ministry of Labour will enforce this legislation by conducting inspections on workplaces where there is potential exposure to radiation and enforcing requirements related to monitoring, control measures, work practices, personal protective equipment, and hygiene facilities. Radiation-exposed workers must receive radiation safety training, which is an important part of radiation protection within the workplace.

      In the event of any worker exposure to radiation in excess of the maximum limits prescribed in the OHS Code, the employer must report the incident as soon as possible.

      Bill 47 has produced the following update in the OHS Code regarding the Minister’s capabilities to include: "prescribing the maximum exposure limits for ionizing radiation and non-ionizing radiation; governing safe use of radiation equipment or radiation sources; designating radiation equipment that requires a registration certificate under the OHS Code; prescribing the nature and frequency of inspections or maintenance programs for radiation equipment to be undertaken by the employer; and adopting, in whole or in part, any health or safety code or standard respecting radiation equipment or radiation sources"

      Bill 47 is a provincial statute that regulates occupational health and safety in the workplace. It was created to provide protection for workers who may be exposed to hazardous substances such as radiation, chemicals, or biological hazards.

      Did you have any questions about how this legislation will impact your dental practice? Our office has been following these changes closely and can answer all of your questions today! Email us at info@streamdentalhr.com with any concerns on what it means for OHS regulations in Alberta and we’ll help you stay compliant so that no one gets hurt when working with and around x-rays or other dangerous equipment!