LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Fall Protection Changes for Spring 2019
|OHS Regs. Part XII Provision||Current Rule||Proposed Change|
|Sec. 12.10(1)—Height at which fall protection systems required||Where employees working at height of 2.4 meters from an unguarded structure, vehicle or ladder||Where employees working at height of 3 meters from any structure (reference to “unguarded” removed), vehicle or ladder|
|Sec. 12.10(3)—Standards for anchors||Anchor of a fall-protection system must be capable of withstanding a force of 17.8 kN||Anchor of a fall-protection system must be capable of withstanding a force of 17.8 kN and its connectors must be able to withstand 8 kN and meet CSA CSA Z259.15, Anchorage Connectors|
|Fall-protection plan||Not addressed||Employer must:
*Create a fall-protection plan in consultation with JHSC/Health Safety Rep
*Provide workers training on plan
*Make plan readily available at workplace
|Fall-protection hierarchy||Not addressed||In selecting fall-protection, employer must follow hierarchy of (in order):
*Guardrails, barriers and other passive systems
*Control zones extending at least 3 m back from unguarded edge
|Clearance distance||Not addressed||Employer must ensure fall-arrest system designed to prevent worker from hitting ground or object below|
|Full body harness||Not addressed||Employer must ensure worker using personal fall-protection system wears appropriate full body harness|
Dec.: 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.
Dec.: 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.
Nov. 29: 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.
Nov. 28: On a tight budget? At least you will no longer have to pay to access the National Building Codes. The other bit of good news is that provincial variations are being ironed out in the name of harmonization.
Dec. 12: New safety regulations took effect to prevent flight crew fatigue. Highlights:
- New time limits on how long crew members can be on the job over a weekly, monthly, 90-day and one-year period
- Mandatory rest periods
- New limits on the duties they can perform while on duty
- Mandatory implementation of Fatigue Risk Management Systems.
Dec. 21: A new Transport Minister Order requires railway companies to revise their work fatigue safety rules regarding:
- Maximum duration of a duty period
- Split shifts
- Minimum rest periods and time free from work
- Cumulative time on duty
- Advance notice of work schedules
- Fatigue management plans.
Jan. 11: New regulations require passenger vessel operators to carry at least $250,000 in liability insurance for every passenger on board, in line with insurance requirements for other modes of passenger transport.
Dec. 15: The government published new Output-Based Pricing System regulations for certain emissions-intensive manufacturing and refining facilities including automotive, brick, glass, petrochemicals, metal tubes, nylon, carbon black, integrated steel and sugar. The new rules will go into effect this Spring.