“But if it is a corporation where employers are being paid, or a small farm where employees are being paid, we treat them no differently than any other employer in the province.” The same goes in Saskatchewan and Alberta. As long as you are paying employees you are an employer and are subject to the occupational health and safety rules of your province (see the proviso about Alberta below). “The number of employees isn’t a factor,” if you have one or 40 employees you now have an employer-employee relationship and the act applies to your operation,” says Van Kats. Many small operation farmers do not realize this likely means to them. “In Saskatchewan, there is legislation and an act that covers occupational health and safety,” says Kim Meyer, of the Occupational Health and Safety Division of the Government of Saskatchewan. Employers and employees both have duties and responsibilities (though employers hold most of the responsibility because they control the worksite). “Occupational health and safety regulations touch on almost all aspects of the workplace,” says Meyer, from things like first aid to training to proper exposure to chemicals and more. Saskatchewan’s Work Safe Saskatchewan has “mission zero” as its mandate. This means a goal of zero safety incidents, making sure that all employees go home safely each night.
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