LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Oct. 6: Having heard all the comments, the Dept. of Employment and Social Development intends to go through with proposed changes to bring OHS fall protection rules into line with requirements of other jurisdictions, effective in Spring
Fall Protection Changes (under Part XII of OHS Regs.) Effective Spring
|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|
Oct: 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.
Oct: 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.
Oct. 18: The Senate began debate on Canada’s most innovative workplace violence and harassment bill since Ontario Bill 168. Highlights of Bill C-65:
- Stronger privacy and reprisal protections for employees who complain of harassment
- New employee right to have complaints investigated by neutral third parties and resolved via informal resolution
- Employee right to sue employer for not protecting them from violence/harassment for up to 3 months after employment ends.
Oct. 15: The government plans to launch a new initiative to assess and prevent post-traumatic stress injuries to firefighters, police, paramedics and other public safety officers in the Spring of
Oct. 6: The government cleared and intends to take no further EPA action to regulate the 39 base oils listed on the Domestic Substances List. Base oils are complex hydrocarbon blends generated in distillation of crude oil.
Oct. 6: A government review committee recommended amending Pulp and Paper Effluent Regs. to clarify the requirements for mills depositing effluent to wastewater systems.