Professional Engineers Ontario issues new guideline for engineers providing Pre-Start Health & Safety Review
Province-Specific Safety Regulations
We are often asked what safety regulations pertain to the 13 provinces & territories, and what regulation pertains to federally-regulated workplaces? Here is the answer:
Ontario: Occupational Health and Safety Act, RSO 1990, c O.1
Quebec: Act respecting occupational health and safety, CQLR c S-2.1
British Columbia: Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, BC Reg 296/97
Nova Scotia: Occupational Health and Safety Act, SNS 1996, c 7
New Brunswick: Occupational Health and Safety Act, SNB 1983, c O-0.2
Newfoundland and Labrador: Occupational Health and Safety Act, RSNL 1990, c O-3
Alberta: Occupational Health and Safety Act, SA 2017, c O-2.1
Prince Edward Island: Occupational Health and Safety Act, RSPEI 1988, c O-1.01
Manitoba: The Workplace Safety and Health Act, CCSM c W210
Saskatchewan: Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993, SS 1993, c O-1.1
Nunavut: Safety Act, RSNWT (Nu) 1988, c S-1
Northwest Territories: Safety Act, RSNWT 1988, c S-1
Yukon: Occupational Health and Safety Act, RSY 2002, c 159
For federally administered workplaces:
Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, SOR/86-304, (Canada Labour Code)
Following two incidents of crane failures over the summer of 2020 in Toronto, the Ministry of Labour is initiating an inspection blitz on constructions sites with tower cranes.
They will be especially interested in confirming that constructors and/or others that own and operate the crane have all the documentation to establish that the critical structural elements and components have been inspected.
The notice from the Ministry of Labour can be downloaded HERE.
W.S.I.B. Rebate Program
The W.S.I.B. has revamped its rebate program (formerly known as Safety Groups). Follow this link to learn more about the
Health and Safety Excellence program.
NFPA 652 (2016) states that a dust hazard analysis should be completed for all new facilities.
For existing facilities, even those that are NOT undergoing material modification, NFPA 652 states that the owner/operator must schedule and complete DHA's of existing processes and facility compartments within a 3-year period from the effective date of the standard. Since the effective date of that standard was Sept.7, 2015, this means that the deadline to conduct the DHA has passed (on Sept.7, 2018).
FYI - NFPA 61 (2020) has extended the deadline for DHA to January 1, 2022; so the folks in the agri/food industry have a little while longer.
Contact us today to conduct a dust hazard analysis of your facility.
MOL Fines Increased On Dec.14th, 2017
Major changes have been made through Bill 177. They include:
The new CSA Z432 machine guarding Standard is out and has some interesting improvements. It is only 8 pages longer than the previous version but actually provides more useful information and quantifiable targets. It took effect on October 2016.
The following text is reproduced from http://shop.csa.ca:
Moving machine parts have the potential to cause severe injuries in the workplace and a significant percentage of injuries in the workplace can be attributed to machine-related incidents each year. Machine safeguarding measures are essential to protecting the workers who come into contact with machines as part of their job duties. Any machine that may cause injury must be safeguarded.
The third edition of CSA Z432- Safeguarding of Machinery specifies requirements for the design, manufacture (including remanufacture and rebuilding), installation, maintenance, operation, and safeguarding of industrial equipment to prevent injuries and accidents and enhance the safety of personnel who operate, assemble, and maintain machinery. The need for a new edition was prompted by the changing technology related to these machines and the wish of stakeholders, including regulators, employers, manufacturers, and labour, for a document that would reflect the latest thinking concerning operator and equipment safety.
CSA Group acknowledges that the development of this Standard was made possible, in part, by the financial support of federal, provincial, and territorial occupational health and safety government agencies.
Highlights of Z432
Ministry of Labour provides more information on Pre-Start Health & Safety Reviews
On November 23, 2016 the Ministry of Labour provided more information on "How to Apply Section 7 of the Industrial Establishments Regulation"
These web pages provide more information on important questions such as: "How do I get an exemption from Pre-Start Health & Safety Review?" and "Do I need a Pre-Start Health & Safety Review when I move?"
The Ministry of Labour announced a blitz over the period of January 18 – February 26, 2016, focusing on hazards that could lead to serious worker injuries, such as amputations of limbs, or death. The primary focus of the blitz will be machine guarding and lockout.
Beginning April 1, 2015, employers in Ontario must ensure that workers on construction projects who may use certain methods of fall protection successfully complete 'working at heights' training that meets training program and provider standards established by the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO).
The Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation (Ontario Regulation 297/13) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), has been amended to include mandatory working at heights training requirements. The working at heights training is valid for three years from the date the worker completes an approved training program delivered by an approved training provider.
Follow this link for more information:
Ontario Regulation 297/13 (Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training). O. Reg. 252/14, s. 1.