Know the Laws: Respiratory Protection Regulations by Province

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KNOW THE LAWS OF YOUR PROVINCE

Here are the fit test requirements for respiratory protection in the OHS regulations in your jurisdiction:

FED OHS Regs.:A required respiratory protective device must be selected, fitted, cared for, used and maintained in accordance with the standards set out in CSA Standard Z94.4-M1982, Selection, Care and Use of Respirators [Sec. 12.7(2)].
AB OHS Code 2009:An employer must ensure that respiratory protective equipment that depends on an effective facial seal for its safe use is correctly fit tested and tested in accordance with:a) CSA Standard Z94.4‐02, Selection, Use and Care of Respirators; or

b) a method approved by a Director of Occupational Hygiene [Sec. 250(1)].

BC OHS Reg.:1) Annual reviews of PPE programs must ensure the adequacy of the fit test program [Sec. 8.6(2)(d)].2) A respirator which requires an effective seal with the face for proper functioning must not be issued to a worker unless a fit test demonstrates that the facepiece forms an effective seal with the wearer’s face [Sec. 8.40(1)].

3) Fit tests must be performed in accordance with procedures in CSA Standard Z94.4-02, Selection, Use, and Care of Respirators [Sec. 8.40(2)].

4) A fit test must be carried out:

a) before initial use of a respirator;

b) at least once a year;

c) whenever there’s a change in respirator facepiece, including the brand, model, and size; and

d) whenever changes to the user’s physical condition could affect the respirator fit [Sec. 8.40(2.1).

4) Other PPE that’s to be worn at the same time as a respirator and which could interfere with the respirator fit must be worn during a fit test [Sec. 8.40(3)].

MB Workplace Safety and Health Reg. doesn’t include specific fit tests requirements for respiratory protection.
NB OHS Reg. doesn’t include specific fit tests requirements for respiratory protection.
NL OHS Regs. 2012:“Fit test” is defined as a quantitative or qualitative fit test performed in accordance with procedures in CSA Standard Z94.4, Selection, Use, and Care of Respirators [Sec. 70(b)].
NT/NU General Safety Regs. doesn’t include specific fit tests requirements for respiratory protection.
NS Occupational Safety General Regs.:Except as required under Sec. 196 (respiratory protective equipment for firefighters), an employer isn’t required to ensure the quantitative fit testing of respirators [Sec. 13(4)].
ON OHS regulations don’t include specific fit tests requirements for respiratory protection.
PE OHS Regs. doesn’t include specific fit tests requirements for respiratory protection.
QC Reg. on Occupational Health and Safety doesn’t include specific fit tests requirements for respiratory protection.
SK OHS Regs.:When a tight fit is essential to ensure the worker isn’t exposed to one or more airborne contaminants to an extent that may pose a risk of significant harm to him, an employer or contractor must ensure that the required respiratory protective device has been fit-tested by a competent person in an approved manner [Sec. 88(1)(a)(iv)].
YT OHS Regs.:Fit tests and fit checks must be carried out on workers as required to ensure an acceptable performance from the respirators being used [Sec. 1.33].