Info On Quick Plans For Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System

The Westray memorandum of understanding signed Friday at RCMP headquarters in Edmonton between the province and 10 police services provides a "formal set of protocols" between all investigative bodies where none previously existed. The MOU is named in honour of the Westray Mine disaster in Nova Scotia in 1992 which killed 26 underground miners. The agreement now means a police service, Occupational Health and Safety officers and the Ministry of Labour will notify each other of workplace incidents as soon as possible and the first authority to arrive will secure the scene to help preserve evidence. Police and the ministry have also agreed to begin developing a joint procedure for investigating workplace incidents as well as developing a procedure for sharing information. Plans are also afoot for joint training initiatives. "This ensures that when there is a serious workplace incident or accident, particularly when there is a death, whoever is responding to that first ... they will have a protocol for working together," Labour Minister Christina Gray said. Gray said the MOU will enable "consistency" in investigations in Alberta between Occupational Health and Safety officers and police. "So no matter where in the province an incident happens, both teams understand their roles and responsibilities when it comes to sharing information," she said.

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2017-06-12 / Posted in