KNOW THE LAWS: Healthcare Industry Safety Regulations

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KNOW THE LAWS: Healthcare Industry Safety Regulations

Here’s what you need to know about how your jurisdiction regulates safety in the healthcare industry in its OHS laws:

FED The OHS laws don’t specifically address the healthcare industry.
AB OHS Code, 2009:

1. Part 35 applies to healthcare and industries with biological hazards

2. Two sections in Part 14 (Lifting and Handling Loads) apply to healthcare facilities: Sec. 209.1 (work site design—healthcare facilities) and Sec. 209.2 (patient/client/resident handling)

3. Sec. 245(2) addresses exposure of healthcare workers to airborne biohazardous material

BC OHS Regulation addresses specific healthcare industry hazards such as safety-engineered needles and medical sharps, and cytotoxic drugs
MB The Workplace Health and Safety Act:

Sec. 45.1 addresses needles in medical workplaces

Workplace Safety and Health Regulation:

1. Sec. 11.8 covers violence in workplaces used to provide healthcare services

2. Part 39 applies to healthcare facilities

NB The OHS laws don’t specifically address the healthcare industry.
NL The OHS laws don’t specifically address the healthcare industry.
NS Safer Needles In Healthcare Workplaces Act and related regulation address the use of safety-engineered needles in healthcare workplaces.

Violence in the Workplace Regulations covers violence in healthcare workplaces.

NT OHS Regulations:

1. Part 31 provides additional protections for healthcare workers

2. Sec. 35 (Violence) specifically applies to work sites that provide services provided by healthcare facilities

NU OHS Regulations:

1. Part 31 provides additional protections for healthcare workers

2. Sec. 35 (Violence) specifically applies to work sites that provide services provided by healthcare facilities

ON Ontario Regulation 67/93 applies to healthcare and residential facilities.

Ontario Regulation 474/07 applies to needle safety.

PE The OHS laws don’t specifically address the healthcare industry.
QC The OHS laws don’t specifically address the healthcare industry.
SK OHS Regulations, 1996:

1. Part XXXI provides additional protections for healthcare workers

2. Sec. 37 (Violence) specifically applies to places of employment that provide services provided by healthcare facilities

YT The OHS laws don’t specifically address the healthcare industry.