KNOW THE LAWS: General Hand Protection Requirements

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KNOW THE LAWS: General Hand Protection Requirements

Here are the general hand protection requirements under the OHS regulations in each jurisdiction:

FED OHS laws don’t contain general hand protection requirements.
AB OHS Code 2009:

If there’s a danger that a worker’s hand may be injured, an employer must ensure that the worker wears properly fitting hand protective equipment that’s appropriate to the work, the work site and the hazards identified [Sec. 242].

BC OHS Regs.:

1. A worker is responsible for providing general purpose work gloves [Sec. 8.2(1)(b)].

2. The employer must provide appropriate hand protection if a worker is exposed to a substance or condition that’s likely to puncture, abrade or otherwise adversely affect the skin or be absorbed through it [Sec. 8.19(1)].

3. If there’s a danger of injury, contamination or infection to a worker’s hands, the worker must wear properly fitting protective equipment appropriate to the work being done and the hazards involved [Sec. 8.19(2)].

4. If a glove used to protect the skin against contact with a hazardous substance is rendered ineffective due to contamination with the substance, the protective equipment must be promptly replaced with clean or decontaminated equipment to maintain the required protection [Sec. 8.20].

MB Workplace Safety & Health Reg.:

1. An employer must provide a worker with hand protective equipment that’s appropriate for the risk and to the workplace if there’s a risk of injury to the worker’s hands [Sec. 6.14(1)].

2. Without limiting the above, an employer must provide a worker with appropriate gloves or mitts and sleeves if there’s a risk of injury to the worker from contact with an exposed energized electrical conductor [Sec. 6.14(2)].

NB General Reg.:

1. Where an employee is exposed to a hazard that may injure the skin, the employee must use, as necessary, adequate protective gloves [Sec. 42(a)].

2. Where an employee is handling objects that may injure the hands, the employee must use adequate protective gloves or other protective equipment [Sec. 43(1)].

NL OHS Regs. 2012:

Where there’s a danger of injury, contamination or infection to a worker’s hands, the worker must wear properly fitting protective equipment appropriate to the work being done and the hazards involved [Sec. 78].

NS OHS laws don’t contain general hand protection requirements.
NT OHS Regs.:

1. An employer must provide, and require a worker to use, suitable and properly fitted hand or arm protection to protect the worker from injury to the hand or arm, including:

a. injury arising from exposure to chemical or biological substances;

b. injury arising from exposure to work processes that result in extreme temperatures;

c. injury arising from prolonged exposure to water; and

d. puncture, abrasion or irritation of the skin [Sec. 101(1)].

2. If a worker could contact an exposed energized high voltage conductor, an employer must provide, and require the worker to use, approved rubber insulating gloves and mitts and approved rubber insulating sleeves [Sec. 101(2)].

3. If a worker is routinely exposed to a hazardous substance, an employer must provide, and require the worker to use, protective gloves that are adequate to prevent exposure of the worker’s skin to the hazardous substance [Sec. 102].

NU OHS Regs.:

1. An employer must provide, and require a worker to use, suitable and properly fitted hand or arm protection to protect the worker from injury to the hand or arm, including:

a. injury arising from exposure to chemical or biological substances;

b. injury arising from exposure to work processes that result in extreme temperatures;

c. injury arising from prolonged exposure to water; and

d. puncture, abrasion or irritation of the skin [Sec. 101(1)].

2. If a worker could contact an exposed energized high voltage conductor, an employer must provide, and require the worker to use, approved rubber insulating gloves and mitts and approved rubber insulating sleeves [Sec. 101(2)].

3. If a worker is routinely exposed to a hazardous substance, an employer must provide, and require the worker to use, protective gloves that are adequate to prevent exposure of the worker’s skin to the hazardous substance [Sec. 102].

ON Construction Projects Reg.:

A worker who may be exposed to the hazard of electrical shock or burn while performing work must use rubber gloves that:

1. are adequate to protect him or her against electrical shock and burn;

2. have been tested and certified in accordance with Sec. 193(2), if applicable; and

3. have been air tested and visually inspected for damage and adequacy immediately before each use [Sec. 193(1)].

PE OHS Regs.:

The employer must ensure that all persons handling materials likely to puncture, abrade or irritate hands or arms, wear PPE to prevent such injuries, except when the use of this equipment introduces equal or greater hazards [Sec. 45.13]

QC Reg. respecting occupational health and safety:

The wearing of protective equipment suited to the type of work performed such as protective sleeves and gloves is mandatory for all workers exposed to burning objects or objects with sharp edges or dangerous projections, splashes of molten metals or in contact with dangerous or infectious substances [Sec. 345].

SK OHS Regs.:

1. An employer or contractor must provide, and require a worker to use,

suitable and properly fitted hand or arm protection to protect the worker from

injury to the hand or arm, including:

a. injury arising from contact with chemical or biological substances;

b. injury arising from exposure to work processes that result in extreme

temperatures;

c. injury arising from prolonged exposure to water; and

d. puncture, abrasion or irritation of the skin [Sec. 97(1)].

2. Where a worker may contact an exposed energized high voltage electrical conductor, an employer or contractor must provide, and require the worker to use, approved rubber insulating gloves and mitts and approved rubber insulating sleeves [Sec. 97(2)].

3. Where workers are routinely exposed to a hazardous material or substance, an employer or contractor must provide, and require workers to use, protective gloves that are adequate to prevent exposure of a worker’s skin and mucous membranes to the hazardous material or substance [Sec. 98].

YT OHS Reg.:

1. All workers must provide and wear general purpose work gloves where required by the nature of the work or the elements [Sec. 1.08(b)].

2. Appropriate hand protection must be provided if a worker may be exposed to a substance or a condition that may puncture, abrade, burn, corrode, electrically shock or otherwise adversely affect the skin or be absorbed through it [Sec. 1.14].