LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Oct. 31: That’s the final day of Advisory Committee consultations on revising the occupational exposure limits for contaminants listed in Annex 1 of the Regulations, i.e., contaminants with OELs that differ from ACGIH exposure values and ratings.
Aug. 30: CNESST issued an angry denial of a Radio-Canada report accusing the agency of dragging its feet on asbestos exposure limits. The OELs for asbestos are under review and no decision has been made, the CNESST insists.
Aug. 1: New mining OHS Regulations took effect:
- Addition of 2 modules to Mining Worker’s Modular Training Program covering mining machine operators
- Requirement that persons in or on surface of underground mine wear high visibility security garment
- Increase in number of lifeguards required for reconnaissance missions from 2 to 3
- Requirement for use of SCBA with capacity of at least 4 hours of autonomy for recon missions
- Revised assessment and maintenance requirements for LED lamps attached to safety helmets in underground mines.