Chinook Driving Academy
205-11625 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB Phone 403-281-8070
Phone: (403) 281-8050
11625 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, Alberta
Address:205, 11625 Elbow Drive SW,
Did you Know...Under the OHS Act and OHS Regulation, employers are responsible for ensuring the health and safety of all workers at the work site. This includes those who drive on the job, as their work site is their vehicle. "Work site" means a location where a worker is, or is likely to be, engaged in any occupation and includes any vehicle or mobile equipment used by a worker in an occupation. Reference: OHS Act, Section 1(cc) There are also more specific requirements of employers outlined in the OHS Code, depending on the hazards and the work to be done. According to the Alberta Occupational and Safety Act: Employers are legally responsible for providing a safe and healthy working environment for workers. Provincial and federal occupational health and safety legislation helps protect the health and safety of workers while on the job. The provinceís traffic safety laws are aimed at protecting all operators of motor vehicles whether they are on the job or not. A work site having multiple employers engaged in work at the same time must have a single prime contractor for the site. It is important to be clear as to who is the employer or prime contractor because the employer or prime contractor is ultimately responsible for health and safety Hazard identification, assessment and control are key elements in creating an effective health and safety program, and are important requirements under Albertaís OHS Code. Hazard identification and assessment are fundamental steps toward preventing work-related injury or illness. Vehicles used for work purposes are work sites. For this reason, the hazard assessment requirements apply to the operation of vehicles. A safe driving policy is an important part of managing health and safety in your workplace and an important step in demonstrating management commitment to safe driving for all workers.
Every company that employs drivers, requires a driver safety program in place.
The following is from The Alberta Government manual "Driving For Work" Page 21; The emphases are ours.
Why should we pay attention to health and safety?
The same amount of emphasis should be placed on driving safety as on any other part of your health and safety program. The moral, legal, and financial implications are too significant for your organization not to commit to keeping workers healthy and safe.
1. It is the right thing to do.
Protecting workers from injury and illness is the right thing to do.
2. Itís the law.
OHS is about the prevention of workplace injury or illness. Because it is such an important issue, there are laws in place to ensure that Albertans have a safe and healthy place to work.
Breaching the obligations set out in the OHS Act can result in a fine of not more than $500,000 and in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine of not more than $30,000 for each day during which the offence continues after the first day or part of a day; imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months; or to both fines and imprisonment.
A second or subsequent offence can result in a fine of not more than $1,000,000 and in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine of not more than $60,000 for each day or part of a day during which the offence continues after the first day; imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months; or to both fines and imprisonment.
Reference: OHS Act, Section 41
Bill C-45 (also known as the Westray Bill) changed the Criminal Code of Canada allowing managers, supervisors and others to be charged for wilful negligence towards workplace health and safety.
Everyone who undertakes, or has the authority, to direct how another person does work or performs a task is under a legal duty to take reasonable steps to prevent bodily harm to that person, or any other person, arising from that work or task.
Reference: Criminal Code of Canada, Section 217.1
In Alberta, the rules of the road are covered in the Traffic Safety Act (TSA). Regulations under the Act deal with rules of the road, cargo securement, commercial vehicles, inspections, bus safety, driver training and examinations, vehicle equipment, vehicle seizure, demerit points, and log haul regulations. There are a lot of responsibilities that vehicle owners and drivers must comply with to ensure they are safe and legal on the road. Through monitoring and enforcing safety standards, Alberta Transportation aims to keep the province's highways safe for all road users.
Safety training and practices make good business sense. Collisions cost Canadian companies millions of dollars in losses every year.
Most insurance companies will offer substantial discounts for companies who have good training programs in place, plus, of course, for companies with fewer collisions.
Chinook Driving Academy offers 2 programs to help you meet and exceed the government requrirements for drivers.
We can Help
We have driving programs to meet and often exceed government regulations.
New Hires programs
We do the training and monitoring for you. Includes training new hires, ongoing training and evaluation as needed.
Call us today for a no obligation interview. We will assess your needs and advise on a course or program for you. 403-281-8070