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Field Law’s approach to workplace safety is clear: While we are familiar with the "due diligence defence" to allegations of safety offenses, we believe that a prophylactic approach is necessary. Due diligence must be kept top of mind when designing a safety program. In addition, it must always be remembered that documentation and training materials mean nothing if their core message and elements are not successfully transmitted to, and understood by, those who need it most, the workers and supervisors on the ground.  

​We advise clients concerning Occupational Health and Safety compliance represent clients during workplace health and safety investigations and defend clients in the event of prosecution. Our Occupational Health and Safety team offers the following comprehensive services: 
 
24-hour Emergency Response Service: The most critical time for a company suffering a serious workplace accident is the first few hours immediately after the accident. The consequences to the reputation of the company or individuals can be serious and long lasting. Our toll-free 24-hour Emergency Response Number (1-866-WORK-911) ensures you real assistance to deal with the maze of real issues that arise after a serious workplace accident. 
 
Defence Service: Our OHS Group provides defence services to clients charged with regulatory and criminal offences following a workplace accident or near miss.
 
Due Diligence Program: Our Due Diligence Program is designed to prevent accidents and protect against prosecution. We work together with our clients, safety specialists and consultants to develop a custom designed safety program for our clients. 
 
OHS Compliance Service: Our OHS Group also provides assistance to clients experiencing difficulty with compliance issues under OHS legislation. We can assist when OHS officials have given directions or order, appeals and exemption and in cases of work refusal due to dangerous work. We advise clients concerning Occupational Health and Safety compliance represent clients during workplace health and safety investigations and defend clients in the event of prosecution.
Alberta v. Suncor Inc, 2017 ABCA 221, Alberta Court of Appeal
Alberta v. Suncor Energy Inc, 2016 ABQB 264, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Engel v. Edmonton (Police Service)
November 2017
Bill 30 Overhauls Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Act
July 2017
Alberta’s Highest Court Clarifies OHS Law: Privilege Must Be Proven
Labour and Employment Alert
March 2014
2013 Year in Review
January 2013
2012 Year In Review
January 2013
2012 Year In Review
February 2011
2010 Year in Review
January 2010
2009 Year in Review
November 2008
OHS and Construction
November 2008
Prime Contractor & Liability
August 2008
OHS for Supervisors: What every Supervisor Should Know About OH&S Law
June 2008
OHS for Managers: What every HR Manager Should Know About OH&S Law
March 2008
Bill C-45 First Conviction
April 2006
New Developments in OHS
April 2006
New Developments in OHS
September 2005
Accidents Are No Longer Just a Shame: Now They're A Crime
May 2005
Accidents Are No Longer Just a Shame: Now They're A Crime
March 2005
An OHS Law Primer
November 2004 and February 2005
Safety Is Never Having to Say Duck
October 2004
Changes to OHS Law: “Provincial, Federal and Criminal and some Human Rights Stuff Too
August 2004
Safety Is Never Having to Say Duck
May 2004
Bill C-45: Criminal Liability for OH&S and Prime Contractor "Liability in Alberta"
May 2004
New OHS Legislation: Legal Responsibility, Due Diligence and Bill C-45
May 2004
The New Occupational Health and Safety Code
April 2004
The New Occupational Health and Safety Code
March 2004
Alberta's New Occuparional Health & Safety Regime
February 2004
Alberta's New Occupational Health and Safety Regime
February 2004
Alberta's New Occuparional Health & Safety Regime
May 2003
The Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Act, 2002
May 2003
The Right to Refuse Work and Its Impact on Your Workplace
March 2003
Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act
2002 and 2003
Occupational Health and Safety Act
November 2002
Occupational Health and Safety Update (Three Sessions)
2001
Workplace Violence

"Snap-on Tools of Canada Ltd. has had a long term relationship with Field Law. We have and continue to appreciate their legal advice and representation. We have used Field Law to provide expert legal and management advice in a wide range of matters dealing with Industrial Relations, unionization drives, employment, Health and Safety, and Harassment Investigations. In all cases, Field Law provided excellent legal and in many cases very practical implementations. Snap-on Tools of Canada Ltd. values our long term relationship and the quality of the services provided."

Cal Balcom
Director, Human Resources
Snap-on Tools of Canada Ltd.

"When it comes to OHS legal matters, Steve Eichler is my number one contact! I can count on him to provide accurate interpretations, realistic assessments and practical approaches to OHS legal compliance. Steve is also entertaining and enlightening speaker on OHS legal issues."

Gene Marie Shematek MSc(A), CIH, ROH
President
GMS & Associates, Ltd.

"Carma Developers LP safety department has had a long term relationship with Field Law. We have and continue to appreciate their legal advice. We have used Field Law to provide expert legal advice relating to Alberta OHS legal issues and concerns, and to provide a comprehensive review of our safety manual. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Field as our "go to guy" when we have legal questions or concerns."

John Tucker CRSP, CHSEP, NCSO
Safety Manager
Carma Developers LP