The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 requires employers of late night retail premises to put additional safety measures in place to protect workers.
A late night premises is a place of employment that is open to the public between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for the purposes of making retail sales to consumers. Retail sales include such businesses as convenience stores and gas stations but do not include hotels, food, or alcohol services.
Employers who own late night retail premises are required to conduct workplace hazard assessments that comply with the approved safety standards for their industry. Once the hazards have been identified, the risks can be assessed and the appropriate controls or preventative measures can be put in place. A hazard assessment for late night retail premises must be reviewed and updated every three years. Updates must also be made whenever there is a change in circumstances.
An employer who owns a late night retail premises, must implement the following additional safety measures:
- Develop a written safe cash handling procedure that minimizes the amount of money that is available to workers;
- Use a video camera to capture key areas in the workplace, including the cash desk and outdoor gas pumps (if applicable);
- Take measures to ensure good visibility inside and outside of the premises; and
- Post signs indicating that worker have limited accessibility to cash and valuables and the use of video cameras on the premises.
In addition, employers who have one employee working alone must:
- Implement a check-in system and a written check-in procedure for the worker; and
- Provide, at no cost to the worker, a personal emergency transmitter to be worn by the worker and will signal for an emergency response when activated.
Violence Policy Statement and Prevention Plan
The Saskatchewan Employment Act (the Act) requires employers who own retail establishments open to the public between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. to develop and implement a written violence policy statement and prevention plan. During the preparation of this document, the employer must consult with their workplace occupational health committee, OHS representative, or where there is no committee or representative, the workers.
For more information on how to develop and implement a written violence policy and prevention plan, please visit Preventing Violence in the Workplace.
Working Alone or at Isolated Places of Employment
Employers are required to establish safety measures for people who are working alone or at isolated places of employment.
To work alone means working at a worksite as the only worker in circumstances where assistance is not readily available in the event of an injury, ill health or an emergency.
An isolated place of employment refers to a workplace/site that is located in an area where emergency response assistance is not nearby.
Under Regulation 35 of The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996, the steps to eliminate or reduce the health and safety risks of working alone or at an isolated place of employment are:
- An effective communication system;
- Regular contact with the employer;
- Worker training;
- Safe work practices and procedures; and
- Emergency supplies for travelling in extremely cold or other severe weather conditions.