Occupational Health + Safety
Occupational Health + Safety
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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 (OHS) compliance, represent clients during workplace health and safety investigations and defend clients in the event of prosecution.

In addition to their already arduous obligations regarding workplace health and safety, employers must now add the new and unchartered hazards of cannabis in the workplace. Canada’s changing cannabis laws, along with existing legislation for medical use, make for a complicated legal landscape in the employment context. How is an employer to fulfill human rights obligations while still adhering to strenuous and costly OHS obligations when the list of permitted impairing substances is increasing? Field lawyers are available to help you understand these legal changes and provide cost-effective, real life and useful policies and procedures to meet the changing demands on employers under the new OHS legislative regime and changing cannabis laws.

Our Occupational Health and Safety team also 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 OHS compliance. represent clients during workplace health and safety investigations and defend clients in the event of prosecution.

Stay up-to-date with Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) with our Labour + Employment publications, seminars and events. Click here to sign up to receive these online publications and invitations.  

May 2020 - 2 min read
Employees are Afraid to Return to Work. Now What?
On May 13, 2020 we hosted a webinar about pandemic-related work refusals as Alberta and other governments enable businesses and other organizations to reopen and call employees back to work. The most frequently asked question was: What do I do with an ...
May 13, 2020
We said “Back to work!” They said “We refuse!” Now what?
The Alberta government announced its "safely staged COVID-19 relaunch" and you’re thinking it’s time to call your laid-off or working-from-home crews back to work. Or you’re carrying on providing essential services and the &...
May 12, 2020
CPHR Alberta Webinar Series: HR Pandemic Essentials - Part 2
March 20, 2020
COVID-19: Employment + Immigration Do’s and Don’ts
Learn what employers and employees can and can’t do during the pandemic, and how travel restrictions will affect Canadians. Presented by Christin Elawny and Miranda Sinclair this webinar will discuss up to date information on the ever-evolvi...
February 10, 2020
Human Rights Obligations Following a Positive Drug Test
Keeping Up With Cannabis
In Maude v NOV Enerflow ULC, 2019 AHRC 54, the Human Rights Tribunal of Alberta provided some helpful reminders to employers on the intersection of drug test results and human rights. In March, 2016, Mr. Maude tested non-negative for drugs follow...
Winter 2020
2019 - A Year in Review Seminar Series
Join the Field Law Labour + Employment Group for our annual seminars featuring legal updates and practical challenges for management and employee groups.Part 1 has been approved for 1.75 CPD hours and Part 2 has been approved for 2.25 CPD hou...
November 20, 2019
Edible Cannabis in the Workplace
It has been over a year since Canada legalized cannabis.  Although individuals could make cannabis food and drink for personal use under the legislation, such products were initially not able to be produced or sold commercially.  As of Octobe...
September 26, 2019
Must Have Policies for Employers: Why, What + How
Join Field Law in Edmonton and Calgary and learn tips and tricks to assist with the implementation and enforcement of three workplace policies Employers should have in place in today’s market.We will explore how changes in legislation and culture...
February 2019
Squaring the Circle or Levelling the Playing Field? Alberta’s New OHS Regime
CPHR Alberta
On June 1, 2018 the Alberta Legislature changed occupational health and safety law history. The legislative changes to the Act, Regulations and Code changed the legal landscape in material ways, some of which are in tension with other legisla...
February 6, 2019
2018 Year in Review for Northern Employers
Join Field Law for a review of the most important legal cases from 2018. Topics covered will include: Labour Employment Human Rights Occupational Health + Safety Privacy Immigration Cannabis This seminar will be broadcast live via ...
Winter 2019
2018 A Year in Review Seminar Series
The Field Law Labour and Employment Group presents the annual Year in Review seminars in Calgary and Edmonton. Join us for legal updates and practical challenges for management and employee groups in the areas of:  Part 1: Human Rights ...
October 2018
Don'cha Know, We're Talking About a Revolution: The Alberta Court of Appeal Makes OHS Law Fair
Workwise Newsletter
May 23, 2018
The New Alberta OHS Act: More Roles, More Obligations + Many More Pitfalls
Join Field Law for a comprehensive half-day workshop that will prepare you for the upcoming changes to the OHS Act.  On June 1, serious changes are coming to Alberta’s occupational health and safety law. Already an onerous regulatory regi...
February 2018
Jail for OHS Offences? Yes - Even if the OHS Prosecutor Didn’t Ask For it!
Workwise Newsletter
It has long been the law in Alberta that work site parties convicted of offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulations or Code could spend time in jail. Until recently, however, this had never happened. Alberta courts have relied in...
January 2018
Field Law Announces Two Partners
Firm Welcomes Malkit Atwal and Sharon Roberts to its Partnership
EDMONTON – Field Law is pleased to introduce Malkit Atwal and Sharon Roberts as partners of the Firm. The addition of Malkit and Sharon to Field’s partnership is an emblem of the Firm’s growth in 2017, and its continued expansion and ...
November 2017
Bill 30 Overhauls Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Act
On November 27, 2017 the Alberta Government introduced Bill 30 – An Act to Protect the Health and Well-Being of Working Albertans. Bill 30 proposes updates to Alberta’s Workers Compensation Act while offering a complete replacement of the c...
July 2017
Alberta’s Highest Court Clarifies OHS Law: Privilege Must Be Proven
Labour and Employment Alert
With its decision this week in Alberta v. Suncor Energy Inc, 2017 ABCA 221, the Alberta Court of Appeal has considered and clarified the application of solicitor-client privilege and litigation privilege to incidents under Alberta’s Occupational ...

"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
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."

Safety Manager
Carma Developers LP