Improving Safety at Gas Stations & Convenience Stores in Alberta

Posted on July 23, 2018

The Alberta government has taken steps to improve worker safety at retail fuel outlets and convenience stores.  In recent years, "gas and dash" incidents, robberies and other violent incidents at gas stations and convenience stores have resulted in worker deaths and serious injuries. 

Changes to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code came into effect on June 1, 2018.  Retail fuel outlets and convenience stores must:
- require customers prepay for fuel, and
- have violence prevention plans with industry-specific components

To help employers, workers and consumers understand the changes, Alberta OHS has developed a range of resources.  Many of the resources are focused on helping employers to meet the new requirements. All of the resources are available free of charge.  For more information, please go to

In the fall, Alberta OHS will be carrying out a focused inspection program with fuel outlets and convenience stores.  OHS carries out focused inspection programs to help protect workers' rights under OHS laws and enhance employers' awareness of their responsibilities.  OHS officers conduct focused inspections to raise awareness of hazards and increase compliance with OHS laws.

More information on the focused inspection programs can be found on  Priorities and timeframes for focused inspections are announced, but individual work sites are not identified in advance.

If you have questions, please contact the Alberta OHS contact Centre at 1-866-415-8690 or 1-800-232-7215 (TTY).