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If the department does not regularly evaluate and report on its OHS programs, the department cannot provide effective oversight or assure Albertans that OHS programs are achieving expected results, providing value, and being cost-effective.

In April 2010, we assessed whether the department had adequate systems to promote, monitor, enforce, and report on its OHS goals and objectives, and we made five recommendations. We assessed recommendations related to inspection systems, certificates of recognition, and permit and certificate programs as implemented during follow-up audits reported in July 20123 and July 2016. In 2016, we found the department had still not implemented the following recommendations:

  • plan and report on whether key OHS programs and initiatives achieve desired results
  • clarify and enforce procedures on worksite compliance with OHS legislation