Know the Laws: Respiratory Protection Regulations by Province
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KNOW THE LAWS OF YOUR PROVINCE
Here are the fit test requirements for respiratory protection in the OHS regulations in your jurisdiction:
|FED||OHS Regs.:A required respiratory protective device must be selected, fitted, cared for, used and maintained in accordance with the standards set out in CSA Standard Z94.4-M1982, Selection, Care and Use of Respirators [Sec. 12.7(2)].|
|AB||OHS Code 2009:An employer must ensure that respiratory protective equipment that depends on an effective facial seal for its safe use is correctly fit tested and tested in accordance with:a) CSA Standard Z94.4‐02, Selection, Use and Care of Respirators; or
b) a method approved by a Director of Occupational Hygiene [Sec. 250(1)].
|BC||OHS Reg.:1) Annual reviews of PPE programs must ensure the adequacy of the fit test program [Sec. 8.6(2)(d)].2) A respirator which requires an effective seal with the face for proper functioning must not be issued to a worker unless a fit test demonstrates that the facepiece forms an effective seal with the wearer’s face [Sec. 8.40(1)].
3) Fit tests must be performed in accordance with procedures in CSA Standard Z94.4-02, Selection, Use, and Care of Respirators [Sec. 8.40(2)].
4) A fit test must be carried out:
a) before initial use of a respirator;
b) at least once a year;
c) whenever there’s a change in respirator facepiece, including the brand, model, and size; and
d) whenever changes to the user’s physical condition could affect the respirator fit [Sec. 8.40(2.1).
4) Other PPE that’s to be worn at the same time as a respirator and which could interfere with the respirator fit must be worn during a fit test [Sec. 8.40(3)].
|MB||Workplace Safety and Health Reg. doesn’t include specific fit tests requirements for respiratory protection.|
|NB||OHS Reg. doesn’t include specific fit tests requirements for respiratory protection.|
|NL||OHS Regs. 2012:“Fit test” is defined as a quantitative or qualitative fit test performed in accordance with procedures in CSA Standard Z94.4, Selection, Use, and Care of Respirators [Sec. 70(b)].|
|NT/NU||General Safety Regs. doesn’t include specific fit tests requirements for respiratory protection.|
|NS||Occupational Safety General Regs.:Except as required under Sec. 196 (respiratory protective equipment for firefighters), an employer isn’t required to ensure the quantitative fit testing of respirators [Sec. 13(4)].|
|ON||OHS regulations don’t include specific fit tests requirements for respiratory protection.|
|PE||OHS Regs. doesn’t include specific fit tests requirements for respiratory protection.|
|QC||Reg. on Occupational Health and Safety doesn’t include specific fit tests requirements for respiratory protection.|
|SK||OHS Regs.:When a tight fit is essential to ensure the worker isn’t exposed to one or more airborne contaminants to an extent that may pose a risk of significant harm to him, an employer or contractor must ensure that the required respiratory protective device has been fit-tested by a competent person in an approved manner [Sec. 88(1)(a)(iv)].|
|YT||OHS Regs.:Fit tests and fit checks must be carried out on workers as required to ensure an acceptable performance from the respirators being used [Sec. 1.33].|