KNOW THE LAWS: General Workplace Shower Requirements


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KNOW THE LAWS: General Workplace Shower Requirements

According to the OHS laws in each jurisdiction, an employer must provide non-emergency showers and/or a shower room or facility:
FED OHS Regulations:

For employees who regularly perform strenuous physical work in a high temperature or high humidity or whose bodies may be contaminated by a hazardous substance [Sec. 9.23(1)].

AB OHS Code 2009:

1. If a worker may be contaminated by a harmful substance at a work site [Sec. 23].

2. If a worker is present at a work site where chemicals harmful to the eyes or skin are used [Sec. 24].

BC OHS Regulation:

1. If work processes involving substances such as lead, mercury, asbestos, silica or pesticides are high hazard [Sec. 5.82(2)(b)].

2. For high risk work activity that requires provision of a decontamination facility, which must include a shower facility [Sec. 6.16].

3. If there’s the risk of body contamination to all workers when:

a. mixing, loading or applying pesticides, or handling concentrates or wet-treated lumber;
b. cleaning, maintaining or handling equipment, materials or surfaces contaminated with pesticide residues; or
c. entering fields where pesticides have been applied and where contact with pesticide residues may contaminate protective clothing and body areas [Sec. 6.95(1)].
MB Workplace Safety and Health Regulation:

If, due to a hazardous substance coming in contact with the worker’s skin, a work process may create a risk to a worker’s safety or health [Sec. 4.11].

NB OHS Regulation:

Where an employee may be exposed to a toxic, noxious, infectious or irritating substance or may be exposed to high levels of heat or humidity so that the employee’s health may be adversely affected [Sec. 10(1)].

NL OHS Regulations, 2012:

Where there’s a high risk of contamination of workers by hazardous substances, infectious or offensive materials as a part of the regular work processes at a place of employment [Sec. 62(2)].

NT/NU OHS regulations don’t include general shower requirements.
NS Occupational Safety General Regulations:

Where an employee’s skin may be contaminated by a hazardous substance [Sec. 22(3)].

ON Industrial Establishments Regulation:

Where workers are exposed to a substance that:

a. is poisonous by ingestion; and
b. can contaminate the skin [Sec. 134].

Construction Projects Regulation:

If workers are employed underground [Sec. 260(5)].

PE OHS Regulations:

1. Where the health or safety of the employees may be endangered by the presence of poisonous, irritating or infectious material [Sec. 2.6(3)]

2. In the decontamination section of a work enclosure as outlined in Sec. 49.21, which relates to the release of asbestos fibres [Sec. 49.16(1)].

QC Regulation respecting occupational health and safety:

1. Depending on the nature of the dangers to which workers are exposed [Sec. 75].

2. In any establishment where workers are exposed to heat stress conditions such that the heat stress index exceeds the continuous work curve in the graph in Schedule V [Sec. 123].

SK OHS Regulations:

Where a worker’s skin is likely to be contaminated by harmful or offensive substances as part of the regular work processes at a place of employment [Sec. 74]

YT OHS Regulations:

Where the nature of the work requires workers to work in hot, humid, dirty, dusty or wet conditions [Sec. 1.71(4)(c)].

Occupational Health Regulations:

To remove all asbestos fibres from the body [Sec. 38(d)].