New Occupational Health and Safety requirements for Volunteers


For organizations who utilize volunteers working on Public Land, please note that on June 1st, there were updates made to the Occupational Health and Safety Act which you should read here.

As a result, there are some changes to what an organization is required to have in place in order to obtain approval to perform work on public land.
This is an opportunity to ensure that your organizations have the policies and procedures in place to allow the great work your volunteers are doing to continue to be done safely.

What should you do?

• As an organization utilizing volunteers on Public Land you are required to have an Occupational Health and Safety Program as your volunteers are treated as “workers” under the act.
• Your program must be in full compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and will be reviewed for completion upon submission to Alberta Environment and Parks.
• Your organization will be responsible for the implementation of your Occupational Health and Safety Program.

There are materials available online, including a recent Alberta government bulletin published in May (2018) entitled “Health and Safety Programs”. We encourage you to use this as a guide to develop your organizations Health and Safety Plan.


Published: July 11, 2018