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HANDI-GUIDE to Saskatchewan's Occupational Health and Safety Legislation - 2014 Edition
HANDI-GUIDE to Saskatchewan's Occupational Health and Safety Legislation - 2014 Edition
By: HATSCAN, Don Buchanan
ISBN/ISSN/Product Number: 978-0-7798-6401-0
Product Type: Book
Number of Pages: Approximately 450 pages
Binding: Softcover Coil/Spiral
Publication Date: 2014-09-24
Publisher: Carswell
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Handy up-to-date in-the-field reference to Saskatchewan's workplace health and safety requirements


Part of the HATSCAN HANDI-GUIDE Series

This handy up-to-date in-the-field reference to Saskatchewan's workplace health and safety requirements contains the full text of Saskatchewan's Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations and the Radiation Health and Safety Act and Regulations plus six interpretive chapters. Durable, light-weight, practical – it's perfect at the office or on any worksite. It is a great safety tool for supervisors, workers and safety leaders. It helps with worker training and increases worker and supervisor awareness of their responsibilities under workplace safety law.

Understand the recent changes to OHS legislation
  • The Saskatchewan Employment Act came into force in late April 2014, following extensive consultation processes during 2012 and 2013
  • The OHS-related provisions within the Saskatchewan Employment Act are included in five parts of the Act, most importantly under Part III of the Act, where key OHS duties are set out – and updated – for employers workers, supervisors, contractors, prime contractors, owners, suppliers, and self-employed persons
  • The Saskatchewan Employment Act brings forward most aspects of the former OHS Act, while the OHS Regulations still remain in force, now under the Saskatchewan Employment Act

Some of the OHS-related highlights from the Saskatchewan Employment Act include:
  • Increased penalty amounts for offences under the Saskatchewan Employment Actor OHS Regulations, up to a maximum of $500,000 for individuals
  • Fines up to $1.5 million for corporations that commit an offence
  • Increased maximum penalties under Part 5 (Radiation Health and Safety) of the Saskatchewan Employment Act
  • Under Part 4, Appeals, of the Saskatchewan Employment Act, a single avenue for appeals of OHS complaints and employment standards is created

Get answers to questions about Prime Contractors
A new Section 3-13 of the Saskatchewan Employment Actplaces OHS duties upon prime contractors at certain multiple employer worksites, in the construction, forestry and oil & gas sectors.
As noted in the HANDI-GUIDE to Saskatchewan's OH & S Legislation, the OHS (Prime Contractor) Regulations (associated with section 3-13 of the Act) are not in force until January 1, 2015.
Under Section 3-13, a prime contractor must be designated if there are 10 or more self-employed persons or workers under the direction of two or more employers. The requirement to designate a prime contractor applies only to three main industries: Construction (dwellings that have four units or more); Forestry; and Oil & Gas.

Learn more about Summary Offence Tickets
Another important part of the OHS regulatory framework is the Summary Offences Procedure Regulation, 2013.
The power to issue Summary Offence Tickets came into force as of July 1, 2014. Tables 49 and 50 of this regulation list the types of contraventions for which Summary Tickets can be issued under the Saskatchewan Employment Act and OHS Regulations. Occupational Health Officers can now issue "on the spot" tickets to employers, contractors, owners, suppliers, supervisors, workers or self-employed persons. As discussed in the HANDI-GUIDE to Saskatchewan's OH & S Legislation, the OHS Division issues a Notice of Contravention along with each Summary Offence Ticket.
About the Author
Don Buchanan is an Edmonton-based writer and editor (www.goodwriter.ca). He was the original editor of the HANDI-GUIDE to Alberta's OH & S Act, Regulation and Code (First Edition) and the ZERO Injuries Handbook. He authors Carswell's entire current series of HANDI-GUIDES, including workplace health and safety guides for AB, BC, SK, MB, Atlantic Canada and Federally-Regulated Workplaces. He has also contributed to the Carswell series of Triform Notebooks on workplace health and safety. Don has written for a wide range of corporate clients and publications on diverse topics, including aspects of corporate responsibility, workplace health and safety, workplace wellness, construction/engineering, physical activity and active living, workers' compensation, WHMIS, TDG, and environmental compliance.
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