Banning mandatory high heels in the workplace.

Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code by the Government of Alberta will explicitly prohibit employers from requiring workers to use footwear that may pose health and safety risks.

The change will provide clarity and prohibit employers from requiring servers and bartending staff to wear high heels. Prolonged high heel use is associated with workplace trips, slips, falls, painful foot conditions and skeletal and muscular injuries.

Key Points

The online survey used for the 2017 OHS system review indicates employers (78 per cent), workers (88 per cent) and health and safety professionals (82 per cent) favour changes that prevent clothing or footwear policies from creating a hazard to workers.

In 2017, Ontario and B.C. passed laws banning mandatory footwear policies that potentially create hazards for workers. In 2018, Manitoba passed a similar law.

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Alberta takes steps to ban mandatory high heels in the workplace

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OHS Act, Regulation and Code