If you'd like to learn more... Sponsored content is written by Global News' without any editorial influence by the sponsor. If you'd like to learn more... Alberta’s labour ministry says Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) officers have launched their three-month inspection of stand-alone convenience stores and gas stations with convenience stores attached. According to government officials, the December shooting deaths of two Mac’s employees – both working alone in separate Edmonton stores – along with other violent convenience store robberies, prompted the audit. READ MORE: ‘Unnecessary, gratuitous, evil’: 2 clerks shot to death in Edmonton robberies “Health and safety on the job is paramount,” Minister of Labour Christina Gray said in a new release Tuesday. “Employers are responsible to take all precautions to ensure their workers are safe, treated fairly and go home to their families at the end of the day, no matter what industry they work in.” The Alberta government says OHS officers will be speaking with workers and employers about current employment standards on issues like working alone, workplace violence and hiring young workers. The inspections will see officers visit about 200 workplaces across Alberta and the officers are armed with the power to issue stop use or stop work orders on site if deemed necessary. Officers are being asked to refer any suspected employment standards issues to the ministry for follow up. “Alberta retailers operate in a challenging environment and their safety and that of the public is paramount to our industry,” Andrew Klukas, president of the Western Convenience Stores Association, said.
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