Hazard Assessment and Control

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) has identified that COVID-19 is a workplace hazard that must be identified, assessed, and controlled as per the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulations, and Code.

The University of Alberta has created an institutional hazard assessment outlining the hazards and recommended controls associated with the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. This document should be used to supplement the existing hazard assessments for your work. Faculties, Portfolios, Departments, and Units may wish to implement additional health and safety measures to protect staff and students. This could be due to:

  1. Site-specific work activities requiring regular close contact with staff, students, and the general public
  2. Work that requires additional public health measures (such as in health care settings or during use of public transit)
  3. Transition timeframes to full vaccination (2nd vaccine dose plus 14 days) to help minimize stress and anxiety in the workplace as staff return to campus.

Please update the hazard assessments in your work area to reflect any additional health measures necessary. You may also use the COVID-19 Hazard Assessment Template to identify any additional controls that will be implemented in your Faculty, Portfolio, Department, or Unit. Please seek input from staff and share completed hazard assessments with them to ensure they understand the hazards, risks, and controls associated with COVID-19 and work at the University of Alberta.