|1||Federal||Laws & Announcements||Fall Protection||04/01/2019||Fall Protection Changes for Spring 2019|
|2||Federal||Laws & Announcements||PPE||01/01/2019||OHS Regs. PPE changes in the pipeline expected to take effect in Spring:
- Head protection must meet CSA Z94.1, rather than CSA Z94.1-M1977
- Eye and face protectors must not only meet updated CSA Z94.3 standards but also have protection against laser radiation and arc flash
- New requirement that all PPE be properly stored, maintained, inspected and, if necessary, tested by a qualified person in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions to ensure it’s in good working condition.
|3||Federal||Laws & Announcements||Endangered Species||09/01/2018||New additions to the list of fish species critical habitats protected by the Species At Risk Act:
-Atlantic Whitefish (Coregonus huntsmani) found in 2 southwestern Nova Scotia watersheds
-Carmine Shiner (Notropis percobromus) found in the Whitemouth, Birch and Winnipeg river watersheds.
|4||Federal||Laws & Announcements||Endangered Species||08/01/2018||New Species At Risk Act regulations protecting the critical habitat of the Western Chorus Frog took effect.|
|5||Federal||Laws & Announcements||Respiratory Protection||01/01/2019||Proposed changes to OHS Regs. (Secs. 12.7 and 12.8) would create new safety requirements for respiratory protection not listed in NIOSH Certified Equipment List (current rules cover only NIOSH-listed equipment) including the rule that exposure against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) that may be used in a terrorist attack meet CSA Z1610 covering respiratory protection for first responders.|
|6||Federal||Laws & Announcements||Nuclear Safety||09/17/2018||The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission issued revised physical and psychological fitness guidelines that individuals must meet to be licenced as nuclear security officers (NSOs). Major change: Updated Nuclear Security Fitness Test.|
|7||Federal||Laws & Announcements||Drone Safety||01/09/2019||New Transport Canada safety rules take effect on June 1 requiring pilots who fly drones between 250 grams and 25 kilograms within the pilot’s line-of-sight to:
- Register and mark the drone with its registration number
- Pass an online test and get a pilot certificate
- Be at least age 14 for basic and 16 for advanced operations, unless by a person with proper certificates
- Keep below an altitude of 122 m (400 feet) above ground level
- Stay clear of air traffic.
|8||Federal||Laws & Announcements||Food Safety||01/15/2019||Strict new rules designed to align Canada’s food safety system with international standards will be phased in at various points in the year. Among other things, the regulations require food businesses to get a licence to import or prepare food for export to another province or territory.|
|9||Federal||Laws & Announcements||Accessibility||02/20/2019||Second Reading in the Senate for Bill C-81 which would require “regulated entities,” including employers to develop plans to identify and eliminate barriers and make their workplaces completely accessible to workers with disabilities. The legislation is patterned on the Ontario AODA model.|
|10||Federal||Laws & Announcements||Accessibility||11/29/2018||Third Reading for Bill C-81 which would require certain federally regulated agencies and businesses to:
-Create accessibility plans and progress reports in consultation with disabled persons
-Publish their plans and progress reports
-Establish a feedback mechanism.