Google Translate Disclaimer

A number of pages on the Government of Saskatchewan`s web site have been professionally translated in French. These translations are identified by a yellow text box that resembles the link below and can be found in the right hand rail of the page. The home page for French-language content on this site can be found here:

Renseignements en Français

Where an official translation is not available, Google™ Translate can be used. Google™ Translate is a free online language translation service that can translate text and web pages into different languages. Translations are made available to increase access to Government of Saskatchewan content for populations whose first language is not English.

The results of software-based translation do not approach the fluency of a native speaker or possess the skill of a professional translator. The translation should not be considered exact, and may include incorrect or offensive language Government of Saskatchewan does not warrant the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information translated by this system. Some files or items cannot be translated, including graphs, photos, and other file formats such as portable document formats (PDFs).

Any person or entities that rely on information obtained from the system does so at his or her own risk. Government of Saskatchewan is not responsible for any damage or issues that may possibly result from using translated website content. If you have any questions about Google™ Translate, please visit: Google™ Translate FAQs.

Duties of Prime Contractors

The regulations regarding prime contractors will come into effect January 1, 2015.

A prime contractor is responsible for coordinating the health and safety activities at multi-employer worksites.  Their duties include: 

  • ensuring policies, procedures, and safe work practices are used on the worksite; and
  • preparing a written plan that coordinates activities and identifies the prime contractor’s backup and the supervisors on the worksite.  
A prime contractor is designated by the project owner or is the owner of the project.

The term "worksite" is used to describe specific locations within a place of employment where the majority of the daily work happens. In Part III of The Saskatchewan Employment Act, worksite means the area at a place of employment where a worker works or is required or permitted to be present. An example of a worksite is a laboratory area for authorized staff only.

Certain multi-employer worksites will be required to have a prime contractor, while others will not. A prime contractor is required if:

  • There are 10 or more workers or self-employed persons under the direction of two or more employers; and
  • Are operating in the following industries:
    • Construction (excluding construction of, or renovation to, residential dwellings consisting of less than four units;
    • Forestry; and
    • Oil and gas.

The addition of a prime contractor provision to Part III of The Saskatchewan Employment Act is to ensure that one person is responsible for the coordination of safety for workers on a multi-employer worksite.

Under The Saskatchewan Employment Act, prime contractors’ duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Identifying and informing employers and self-employed persons about hazards for which the prime contractor is responsible;
  • Ensuring,insofar as reasonably practicable, that the employers or self-employed persons at a worksite eliminate hazards identified by the prime contractor before activities or operations begin on the worksite and after they have commenced;
  • Ensuring that the employers of self-employed persons at a worksite reduce or control hazards that cannot be reasonably eliminated;
  • Ensuring that the contact information of the prime contractor is posted in a conspicuous location at the worksite;
  • Ensuring that all activities at the worksite that may affect health and safety are coordinated;
  • Ensuring, as far as reasonably practicable, that all employers and self-employed persons have adequate and appropriate occupational health and safety policies and procedures, safe work practices and equipment, and competent and informed workers;
  • Identifying a competent person to oversee and direct, on behalf of the prime contractor, the activities of employers and self-employed persons at the worksite; and
  • Preparing a written plan that explains how the requirements are to be met and delivering a copy of the written plan to all employers and self-employed persons before any work commences.
It is the responsibility of the employer and self-employed persons, to cooperate with the prime contractor to ensure information regarding health and safety programs and coordination of worksite activities are properly communicated between all parties.

We need your feedback to improve saskatchewan.ca. Help us improve