Keep up-to-date on Occupational Health and Safety

Are you informed on the latest regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Act, Regulation and Code? Some changes were made in the past year that effect the Western provinces and more are expected in the coming year.

Significant OH&S regulation changes were made in B.C. in 2012. Carswell has issued new B.C. 2012 Handi-Guide as a result of those changes. Some of the amendments include updates to asbestos requirements under Part 6, Substance Specific Requirements, and Part 20, Construction, Excavation and Demolition. The reference to the Pesticide Control Act in Part 6 was also updated. Changes to Part 15 were made, relating to wire rope splices. There is now a new requirement that concrete pumps and placing booms meet the requirements of CSA Standard 7151-09 under Part 20. A complete list of the changes is as follows:

  • Part 6, Substance Specific Requirements; and consequential amendments to Part 20, Construction, Excavation and Demolition, relating to updating asbestos requirements
  • Part 6, Substance Specific Requirements, relating to updating the reference to the Pesticide Control Act
  • Part 9, Confined Spaces, relating to clarifying that atmospheric testing must be conducted by a qualified person
  • Part 12, Tools, Machinery and Equipment, relating to safer driven-feed mobile chipper requirements
  • Part 14, Cranes and Hoists, relating to updating the reference to the Elevating Devices Safety Act
  • Part 15, Rigging, relating to wire rope splices
  • Part 16, Mobile Equipment, relating to a worker riding on a rear-mounted work platform on a vehicle for retrieving traffic cones
  • Part 20, Construction, Excavation and Demolition, relating to new requirement that concrete pumps and placing booms meet the requirements of CSA Standard Z151-09
  • Part 23, Oil and Gas, relating to updating the reference to the Power Engineers and Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Act
  • Part 28, Agriculture, relating to the requirement for rollover protective structures on agricultural tractors
  • Removal from the OHSR of the requirements for “prior approval” or “prior permission” before proceeding with certain types of work or using certain work arrangements. The sections identified for change by identifying specific requirements or referencing standards, or by partial repeal, are as follows:
    • Part 5, Chemical Agents and Biological Agents, relating to extended work periods,
    • Part 14, Cranes and Hoists, relating to chimney hoists,
    • Part 19, Electrical Safety, relating to high voltage,
    • Part 21, Blasting Operations, relating to mobile drill rigs
  • Addition of more prescriptive requirements to sections containing the phrase “acceptable to the Board” before proceeding with certain types of work or using certain work arrangements. The amendments are in Part 6, Substance Specific Requirements, and relate to:
    • the removal of asbestos debris and acceptance from the Board,
    • monitors and alarms for equipment and machinery and acceptance from the Board

These changes came into effect on Feb. 1, 2012.

There are currently no changes to the Alberta OH&S Act, Regulation and Code. Changes are not expected for at least another year. In the meantime, the third edition of Carswell’s Alberta Hand-Guide is the current standard. There is, however, an Alberta Study Guide available that is handy for training employees. It comes with test material and an answer key to be used with the Alberta Handi-Guide.

Changes were made to Saskatchewan’s OH&S and a new Handi-Guide will be available soon. There is also a new Manitoba OH&S Handi-Guide for their Workplace Safety and Health Act and Regulation in 2012.

For more information on Carswell OH&A Handi-Guides, go to www.carswell.com.

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