New Health & Safety Regulations – Ontario

hazardous-materialsThe Government of Ontario has amended and introduced new regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) that will impact all organizations. The changes are effective July 1, 2016.

Some of the key items include:

  1. Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91):
  • No internal combustion engine shall be operated in an excavation or in a building or other enclosed structure unless there is an adequate supply of air for combustion and the exhaust gases and fumes from the engine are adequately discharged directly outside the excavation or there is adequate natural or mechanical ventilation to ensure that exhaust gases and fumes from the engine will not accumulate in the excavation, building or other enclosed structure.
  • Workers must use gas detection devices when operating internal combustion engines in an excavation, building or other enclosed structure in order to verify an adequate supply of air.
  1. Control of Exposure to Biological or Chemical Agents Regulation (Regulation 833/90):
  • Regulation will be extended to include construction projects. Employers are required to limit the exposure of workers to certain hazardous biological or chemical agents.
  • Exposure assessments can be conducted when concentrations are unknown.
  1. Noise (Regulation 381/15):

The Ministry has extended noise protection requirements to all Ontario workplaces, including construction projects.

  • Every employer shall ensure that no worker is exposed to a sound level greater than 85 dBA over an 8 hour period.
  • Where practicable, a clearly visible warning sign must be posted at every approach to an area in the workplace where the sound level, regularly exceeds 85 dBA.
  • Employers who provide a worker with a hearing protection device must provide adequate training and instruction on that device.
  • Noise assessments may also be conducted depending on the scope of work.

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