OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE - Alberta

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Province of AlbertaOCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACTOCCUPATIONAL HEALTH ANDSAFETY CODEAlberta Regulation 87/2009With amendments up to and including Alberta Regulation 150/2020Current as of August 15, 2020 2020, Government of Alberta

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CODECopyright of the Occupational Health and Safety Code, whether in print or electronic format,belongs to the Government of Alberta. No person may reproduce copies of the OccupationalHealth and Safety Code for any purpose without the prior consent of Alberta Queen’s Printer.Official copies of the Occupational Health and Safety Code are available in either an electronicsubscription or in print format from:Alberta Queen’s PrinterSuite 700, Park Plaza10611 – 98 AvenueEdmonton, AB T5K 2P7Phone: 780-427-4952Fax: 780-452-0668www.qp.alberta.caFor the purpose of retaining the section numbers of this Code, those sections which are no longer requiredand which have been removed are indicated as “repealed”.

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CODEWhat’s new in the January 1, 2019 Occupational Health and Safety Code Part 18 Adds language to Section 233 that prohibits employers from requiring footwear that may pose ahealth and safety risk to workers.What’s new in the January 31, 2020 Occupational Health and Safety Code Updates Parts 1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 16, 19, 23, 24, 25 and 35 of the Occupational Health and Safety Code to repealrequirements for farming and ranching operations.What’s new in the August 15, 2020 Occupational Health and Safety Code Updates Part 18 of the Occupational Health and Safety Code adds section 246.1.Wherever you notice a side bar beside the text in the Occupational Health and Safety Code – that is new text or textthat has been amended since the last printing of the OHS Code.

(Consolidated up to 150/2020)ALBERTA REGULATION 87/2009Occupational Health and Safety ActOCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CODETable of ContentsCore Requirements Applicableto All IndustriesPart 1Definitions and General Application11.11.222.12.233.14, 56DefinitionsFarming and ranching operationsDomestic workersRepealedRepealedDesignated person to prepare planAdoption of standardsPrevious editions of referenced standardsRepealedComing into forcePart 2Hazard Assessment, Elimination and Control7891011Hazard assessmentWorker participationHazard elimination and controlEmergency control of hazardRepealedPart 3Specifications and Certifications1212.1131415Following specificationsRepealedManufacturer’s and professional engineer’s specificationsCertification by a professional engineerApproved equipment1August 15, 2020

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CODERequirements Applicable to All IndustriesPart 4Chemical Hazards, Biological Hazardsand Harmful 363738394041424343.1Worker exposure to harmful substancesExposure to multiple substancesExposure during shifts longer than 8 hoursReview of exposure limitsAirborne concentration measurementsPotential worker exposureWorker overexposureWorker decontaminationEmergency baths, showers, eye wash equipmentProhibited activitiesCodes of practiceStorage of harmful substancesGeneral provisions for asbestos, silica, coal dust and leadRestricted areaProtective clothing used in restricted areas containing asbestos or leadRelease of asbestosProhibitions related to asbestosAsbestos in air distribution systemsAsbestos in a building to be demolishedEncapsulation, enclosure or removal of asbestosNotification of a projectAsbestos worker courseContainment and labelling of asbestos wasteUse of crystalline silica in abrasive blastingHealth assessments for workers exposed to asbestos, silica or coal dustLead exposure control planLead — air monitoringMedical monitoring for leadControlling mould exposurePart 5Confined Spaces44454647484950Code of practiceHazard assessmentTrainingEntry permit systemSafety and protection — generallyProtection — hazardous substances and energyUnauthorized entry2AR 87/2009

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE5152535455565758Traffic hazardsTesting the atmosphereVentilation and purgingInertingEmergency responseTending workerEntry and exitRetaining recordsPart 6Cranes, Hoists and Lifting DevicesGeneral 75.1ApplicationNot commercially manufacturedIdentification of componentsRated load capacityLoad chartsOperator requirementsLog booksPreventing an unsafe liftPreventing collisionsLoad weightLift calculationLoads over work areasTag and hoisting linesHand signalsControlsRepairs and modificationsContainers for hoistingA-Frames and gin polesSuspended personnel basketsCantilever Hoists76Installation and useChimney Hoists777879Equipment requirementsOperator responsibilitiesWorker in lifting deviceHand-Operated Hoists80Holding suspended load3AR 87/2009

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CODEMaterial Hoists81828384858687Safety code for material hoistsRider restrictionGate interlocksOperator responsibilitiesSignal systemsHoist brakesLocation protectedMobile Cranes and Boom Trucks8888.18990919292.192.2Safety code for mobile cranesPersonnel basketsNon-destructive testingCounterweights and outriggersWarning devicePreventing damageLoad blocksOutriggersOverhead Cranes93949595.1Electrical components and functionsMaintenance and inspectionSafe movementControlsPersonnel Hoists96Safety code for personnel hoistsRoofer’s Hoists97Safe use and designTower and Building Shaft Hoists9899Protective enclosureDesignTower Cranes100101102103104105106107Safety code for tower cranesLimit devicesOperationChanging componentsTest weightsStructural testing and examinationWind and temperature limitationsMultiple cranes4AR 87/2009

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CODEUnderground Shaft Hoists108109110111Safety requirementsOperator responsibilitiesHoist cageUnguided suspended cageVehicle Hoists112113Safety standardsSafe useWinching Operations114Safe practicesPart 7Emergency Preparedness and Response115116117118Emergency response planContents of planRescue and evacuation workersEquipmentPart 8Entrances, Walkways, Stairways and LaddersEntrances, Walkways, Stairways119120121122123Safe entry and exitDoorsWalkways, runways and rampsStairwaysHandrails on stairwaysLadders — General124125126127128Restriction on useProhibition on single railProhibition on paintingUse near energized electrical equipmentLadders on extending boomsCrawl Board or Roof Ladder129Safe useFixed Ladders130131132Design criteriaFixed ladders in manholesRest platform exemption5AR 87/2009

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CODEPortable Ladders133134135136137ProhibitionConstructed portable ladderManufactured portable ladderSecuring and positioningFall protectionPart 9Fall 46147148148.1149150150.1150.2150.3151Rescue personnel exemptionGeneral protectionFall protection planInstruction of workersFull body harnessBody beltLanyardShock absorberConnectors, carabiners and snap hooksFall arrestersSelf-retracting deviceDescent control deviceLife safety ropeAdjustable lanyard for work positioningRope adjustment device for work positioningWood pole climbingEquipment compatibilityInspection and maintenanceRemoval from servicePrusik and similar knotsClearance, maximum arresting force and 56157158Anchor strength — permanentAnchor strength — temporaryDuty to use anchorsIndependence of anchorsWire rope sling as anchorFlexible and rigid horizontal lifeline systemsInstallation of horizontal lifeline systemsFixed ladders and climbable structuresFall protection on vehicles and loadsBoom-supported work platforms and aerial devicesWater dangerLeading edge fall protection system6AR 87/2009

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE159160161Procedures in place of fall protection equipmentWork positioningControl zonesPart 10Fire and Explosion Hazards161.1Flammable or explosive atmospheres a hazardGeneral Protection and 171.1171.2ProhibitionsClassification of work sitesProcedures and precautionsContaminated clothing and skinProtective procedures and precautionsin hazardous locationsInternal combustion enginesFlare stacks, flare pits and flaresIndustrial furnaces and fired heatersHot workHot tapsSpray operationsCompressed and liquefied gasWelding — generalGas welding or allied processWelding Services From Vehicles172173174Storage compartmentsHorizontal cylinder storageHandling cylindersIsolating Pipes and Pipelines175176Isolating methodsPiggingPart 11First Aid177178179180181182183184Training standardsProviding services, supplies, equipmentLocation of first aidEmergency transportationFirst aid providersDuty to report injury or illnessRecord of injury or illnessFirst aid records access7AR 87/2009

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CODEPart 12General Safety ousekeepingLightingPallets and storage racksPlacement of roofing materialsRestraining hoses and pipingSecuring equipment and materialsSkeleton structuresSignallersStabilizing masonry wallsTire servicingVehicle traffic controlWorking on icePart 13Joint Work Site Health and SafetyCommittees and Health andSafety Representatives196197198Application of this PartTerms of referenceAdditional duties of a joint work sitehealth and safety committee199 Disclosure of personal information200 Duties of employers, contractors and prime contractors201 Training standards202 Inspection of work site with officer203 - 207 RepealedPart 14Lifting and Handling Loads208209209.1209.2210211211.1EquipmentAdapting heavy or awkward loadsWork site design — health care facilitiesPatient/client/resident handlingAssessing manual handling hazardsMusculoskeletal injuriesTraining to prevent musculoskeletal injuryPart 15Managing the Controlof Hazardous Energy212Isolation8AR 87/2009

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE213Verifying isolationSecuring Isolation214215215.1215.2215.3Securing by individual workersSecuring by a groupSecuring by complex group controlSecuring remotely controlled systemsReturning to operationPiping and Pigging215.4215.5Isolating pipingPigging and testing of pipelinesPart 16Noise Exposure216217218219220221222223224Duty to reduceNoise control designWorker exposure to noiseNoise exposure assessmentResults recordedNoise management programHearing protectionAudiometric testingCredit of timePart 17Overhead Power Lines225226227Safe limit of approach distancesTransported loads, equipment and buildingsUtility worker and tree trimmer exemptionPart 18Personal Protective Equipment228Duty to use personal protective equipmentEye Protection229230231Compliance with standardsContact lensesElectric arc weldingFlame Resistant Clothing232Use of flame resistant clothing9AR 87/2009

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CODEAR 87/2009Foot Protection233FootwearHead Protection234235236237238239Industrial headwearBicycles and skatesAll-terrain vehicles, snow vehicles, motorcyclesFire fightersBump hatExemption from wearing headwearLife Jackets and PersonalFlotation Devices240241Compliance with standardsUse of jackets and flotation devicesLimb and Body Protection242243Limb and body protectionSkin protectionRespiratory Protective Respiratory dangersCode of practiceApproval of equipmentAlternative equipmentSelection of equipmentStorage and useQuality of breathing airEffective facial sealEquipment for immediate dangerEquipment — no immediate dangerAir purifying equipmentEmergency escape equipmentAbrasive blasting operationsPart 19Powered Mobile Equipment256257257.1258259260261Operator responsibilitiesVisual inspectionRepealedDangerous movementPedestrian trafficInspection and maintenanceMaintenance on elevated parts10August 15, 2020

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY 5276276.1277278279AR 87/2009Starting enginesUnattended equipmentLightsWindows and windshieldsOther safety equipmentWarning signalBulkheadsGuards and screensRollover protective structuresRepealedEquipment with rollover protectionFalling objects protective structuresRecertification after modificationFuel tank in cabWorker transportationRiding on loadsRepealedHazardous loadsTank trucksRefuellingAll-Terrain Vehicles and Snow Vehicles280281282Three-wheeled all-terrain cyclesOperator’s manualLoad and slope limitationsForklift Trucks283284Load chartSeat beltPile Driving Equipment and Practices285286287288289290ChockingPile hoistingRestraining hoses and connectionsBrake bands and clutchesTimber pilesCrane boom inspectionPersonal Vehicle for Work Purposes290.1Licensing and mechanical inspectionConcrete Pump Trucks290.2Safety requirements11August 15, 2020

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CODEAR 87/2009Part 20Radiation Exposure291Prevention and protectionPart 304Breaking strengthSafety factorsLoad ratingsInspectionProhibitionRigging protectionStandardsSlingsRope wound on drumCable clipsFerrulesMatching componentsSafety latchesMakeshift rigging and weldingRejection Criteria305306307308309Synthetic fibre slingsWire ropeMetal mesh slingsElectric arc damageDamaged hooksPart 2SafeguardsTampering with safeguardsNo safeguardsBuilding shaftsCovering openingsGuardrailsHoppers, bins and chutesMachine failureProtection from falling objectsPush stick or blockSafety netsToe boardsWire mesh12January 1, 2019

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CODEPart 23Scaffolds and Temporary Work 3334335336337338339340341342343344345CSA Standard appliesDesignLoadTagging requirementsVertical ladder on scaffoldWorking from a ladderScaffold planksScaffold platformMetal scaffoldingBracket scaffoldsDouble-pole scaffoldsFree-standing or rolling scaffoldsHalf-horse scaffoldsLadderjack scaffoldsNeedle-beam scaffoldsOutrigger scaffoldsRoofing bracketsSingle-pole scaffoldsSuspended scaffoldsSwingstage scaffoldsRequirements for swingstage scaffoldSafety on swingstage scaffoldsWorkers on swingstage scaffoldsElevating Platforms andAerial Devices346347348349350351352353Worker safetyStandardsPermanent suspension powered work platformsFork-mounted work platformsSuspended man basketsBoatswain’s chairsTemporary supporting structuresFly form deck panelsPart 24Toilets and Washing Facilities354355356Restrictions by employerDrinking fluidsException13AR 87/2009

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE357358359360361AR 87/2009Toilet facilitiesWater and drainageHand cleaning facilitiesSupplies and waste receptacleCondition of facilitiesPart 25Tools, Equipment and 374375376377378379380381382383384385Contact by clothing, etc.Machines close togetherMoving workersRepealedStarting machineryPreventing machine activationOperator responsibilitiesControlsImmobilizing machineryDrive beltsContinuous-feed machineryElevated conveyor beltsCrossing conveyor beltsActuated fastening toolsGrindersChainsawsCircular saw bladesBand saw bladesBand saw wheelsPower-fed circular sawsCut-off sawsSawmill head rigSawmill log carriageRobotsTeaching a robotPart 26Ventilation Systems386387388ApplicationDesignSafetyPart 27Violence and Harassment389390Hazard assessmentViolence prevention plan14January 31, 2020

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY .2392392.1392.2392.3392.4392.5392.6AR 87/2009Violence prevention policyViolence prevention proceduresDomestic violenceHarassment prevention planHarassment prevention policyHarassment prevention proceduresReview of plansTraining of workersInvestigation and reporting of incidentsTreatment or referralEntitlement to payRetail fuel and convenience store worker safety applicationAdditional requirements for violence prevention planAdditional training requiredReview of violence prevention plan and worker trainingPersonal emergency transmitterMandatory fuel prepaymentPart 28Working Alone393394ApplicationPrecautions requiredPart 29Workplace Hazardous MaterialsInformation System 7408409410411DefinitionsApplicationHazardous wasteTrainingLabel requiredProduction or manufactureDecanted productsPlacardsTransfer of hazardous productsLaboratory samplesSafety data sheet — supplierSafety data sheet — employerInformation currentAvailability of safety data sheetClaim for disclosure exemptionInterim non-disclosureExemption from disclosureDuty to disclose information15January 1, 2019

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE412413414AR 87/2009Information — confidentialInformation to medical professionalLimits on disclosureRequirements Applicable to SpecificIndustries and ActivitiesPart 30Demolition415416417418419420421422Worker in chargeLocation of equipmentHazardous substancesUse of explosivesDisconnecting servicesMaterials chuteDismantling buildingsBuilding shaft demolitionsPart 31Diving Operations423424425 - 436437438 - 440ApplicationEmployer responsibilitiesRepealedIntakes, pipes and tunnelsRepealedPart 32Excavating and 54455456Disturbing the groundClassification of soil typeSoil stabilizationMarking an excavationWater hazardWorker accessLocating buried or concrete-embedded facilitiesExposing buried facilitiesExemptionMethods of protectionCutting back wallsLoose materialsSpoil pilesPower pole supportSafe entry and exitTemporary protective structures16January 1, 2019

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE457458459460461462463464AR 87/2009Alternatives to temporary protective structuresInstallation of shoring, stringers or bracingAccess for powered mobile equipmentDumping blockUnderground shaftsDrilled or bored underground shaftProhibitionTunnelPart 33Explosives465466467468469ApplicationBurning materialSafe work proceduresBlastersReporting incidents involving explosivesHandling Explosives470 Canadian guidelines471 Intermittent storage472 Light sources in magazines473 Transporting explosives474 Oldest used first475 Deteriorated or damaged explosive476 Unused explosives477 Appropriate quantities478 Cutting or piercing479 Cartridge explosives480 Tools481 Priming482 Length of safety fuse assemblies483 Detonators484 StormsDrilling485486487488Drilling locationBootlegSize of drill holeProhibitionLoading489490491Unwinding detonator leg wiresStatic electricityTamping explosives17January 1, 2019

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE492493494495496497AR 87/2009Sequential firingDetonation within 30 daysDetonator leg wiresTesting detonators and circuitsDamaged leads and wiresConnecting down lines to trunk cordsFiring498499500501502503504505506507Community protectionSafe distanceStray electric currentsOverhead power lineAbove-ground chargeRadiofrequency transmittersLength of fuse assemblyBlasting machineShunting the firing lineLoaded holeDestroying Explosives508509510511512513514StandardsMisfire waiting periodWithdrawing a misfireDestroying a misfireAbandoned chargeRemoval of wasteLoss or theftSpecific Blasting Activities515516517Avalanche controlOil well blastingSeismic blasting and drillingPart 34Forestry518519520521522523524525Felling and buckingHand fellingMechanized feller or limberOperator protective structuresRoad warningsPartially cut treesLogging trucksTraffic safety18January 1, 2019

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CODEAR 87/2009Part 35Health Care and Industries withBiological Hazards525.1525.2526527527.1528529530Exposure controlMedical sharpsSharps containersRecapping needlesRepealedPolicies and proceduresLimited exposurePost-exposure managementPart 36MiningDivision ApplicationBuilding safetyMine plansRecord retentionExcavationOpen stockpilesDust from drillsLight metal alloysSurface haul roadsDiscard from minesMine wallsDumping blockEnvironmental monitoring of hazardous gasesReporting dangerous occurrencesFire Prevention and Emergency Response54554654

150.2 Removal from service 150.3 Prusik and similar knots 151 Clearance, maximum arresting force and swing Anchors 152 Anchor strength — permanent 152.1 Anchor strength — temporary 152.2 Duty to use anchors 152.3 Independence of anchors 152.4 Wire rope sling as anchor 153 Flexible and rigid horizontal lifeline systems

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