OHS Panel Upholds Safety Footwear Order But Allows Deviation Application

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After an OHS inspector determined that stockroom workers were at risk of foot injuries, he ordered the store to ensure that workers wore CSA-approved safety footwear. The store appealed the order, arguing that workers were provided slip-on toe caps that provided adequate protection. The OHS panel upheld the order. But it also said the store could apply to the Director for a deviation allowing it to use toe caps instead of safety footwear [Re: Dollarama S.E.C., [2010] NSOHSAP 1 (CanLII), April 16, 2010].