ACSA’s 2019 Audit Tool
Along with changes to the layout and scoring methods, we want to highlight the following three primary changes in the new tool:
- New element added: Public, Visitors and Contracted Employers (Element 2);
- New element added: Health and Safety Committees/Health and Safety Representatives (Element 3) and;
- New legislated content: Workplace violence and harassment prevention plans are evaluated within the Hazard Control element (Element 6).
All three of the above have, by design, a scoring emphasis on directive documents (i.e. policies).
For example: if a company has one (1) current workplace violence and harassment prevention plan, as described within questions 6.9–6.11 on the new audit tool, then it may be evaluated for a total of 30 points (10 points for each question), or 25 per cent (30/120 points) of the Hazard Control element.
Joint Work Site Health & Safety Committees
The Government of Alberta (GoA) recently announced changes to requirements for health & safety committees and representatives (HSCs and HSRs). Key changes include eliminating HSC/HSR Part 1 prerequisite training and revising HSC/HSR requirements from site-based to employer-based. Employers have until January 31, 2020, to comply with the new requirements.
Your ACSA is diligently working on updating HSC/HSR training content to meet the January 31 deadline. Those who have completed our Health & Safety Committees and Representatives (also known as HSC/HSR Part 2) online course will be grandfathered in under the new requirements.
To learn more about the new HSC/HSR rules and how they may affect you, please refer to the GoA news release.
Your ACSA is trying to minimize the impact of the new legislative changes to all our stakeholders. You will find links to free resources and templates that may help you satisfy some of the requirements you will need to meet for the 2019 audit standards under the Downloads section on this webpage.
For more information on the ACSA 2019 COR Audit Tool, please refer to the ACSA New Audit Tool—Highlights & Information document located under the Downloads section on this webpage, or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 1-800-661-ACSA (2272).
The information presented in these resources is intended for general use and may not apply to every circumstance. It is not a definitive guide to government regulations and does not relieve persons using this publication from their responsibilities under applicable legislation. The ACSA does not guarantee the accuracy of, nor assume liability for, the information presented here.