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.
Oct. 25: Bill C-65, Canada’s most innovative workplace violence and harassment bill since Ontario Bill 168 is now law for federally regulated workplaces. Highlights:
- 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.
Dec.: 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 2019.
Nov. 23: During their annual meeting, the Ministers of Environment of all 14 jurisdictions pledged to work together on a Canada-wide zero-plastic-waste strategy, including:
- Ensuring greater reusability and recycling of plastic products and packaging
- Making plastic manufacturers responsible for plastic-waste collection and management systems
- Expanding collection systems to keep plastic products out of the environment.
Nov. 14: The government added the Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus) habitat to the Schedule 1 list of critical habitats protected by the Species at Risk Act.