Hazard Assessment and Control:
a handbook for Alberta
employers and workers

Hazard assessments and controls help build safe and healthy workplaces. They
are at the core of every organization’s occupational health and safety program.

The hazard assessment and control process provides a consistent approach for employers and workers to identify and control hazards in the workplace. It allows everyone to focus their efforts in the right areas, and to develop worker training, inspections, emergency response plans, etc., specific to the hazards at their work sites.
Alberta’s occupational health and safety laws require employers to conduct hazard assessments and to eliminate the identified hazards. If they cannot be eliminated, the employer must introduce controls to protect against the hazards.

Controlling Exposure: Protecting Workers from Infectious Disease

WorkSafe is currently advising employers and workers that special precautions for COVID-19 are not required, beyond the recommended measures to prevent common respiratory viruses like influenza.

These measures include:

  • Wash your hands often, and always after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or, if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

A 57-year-old man died Monday after a workplace incident at a business in Spruce Grove, west of Edmonton.

A 57-year-old man died Monday after a workplace incident at a business in Spruce Grove, west of Edmonton.

The mishap happened around 1 p.m. at Grove RV & Leisure, Occupational Health and Safety spokesperson Charity Wallace said Tuesday.

The incident involved “towing a fifth-wheel RV with a tractor,” Wallace said.

OHS officials are still investigating, she said.

The death is the latest in a string of recent workplace fatalities in Alberta.

On March 4, a 37-year-old man died after being struck by a vehicle at a business on a rural property south of Grande Prairie. The vehicle was backing up when it hit the worker, RCMP said.

Later the same day, a 45-year-old man died in Leduc when he fell from a fourth-floor balcony at an apartment building that was undergoing renovations.

This week, a 31-year-old man suffered fatal injuries Monday after being struck by heavy machinery at a worksite about 60 kilometres south of Grande Prairie.


Company in Leduc worker death must show that workers are using proper fall protection equipment: OHS

Occupational Health and Safety has confirmed that a man who died after a fall at a Leduc apartment complex under renovation fell from a fourth-floor balcony.

The man fell around 2:30 p.m. on Monday. STARS Air Ambulance was called to the scene, but ultimately did not transport anyone to hospital. 

OHS says it has issued two stop work orders to Homefront Property Maintenance Ltd. Employees are no longer allowed to work at heights above three metres until the employer can demonstrate that workers will be protected when working at heights above three metres.