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December 17, 2015

New Noise Regulation

Overview

A new Noise Regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) was approved on December 9, 2015:

This regulation (O. Reg. 381/15) replaces the noise protection requirements set out in the regulations for Industrial Establishments, Mines and Mining Plants, and Oil and Gas-Offshore. It extends the noise protection requirements contained in the regulations below to all workplaces under OHSA:

The Farming Operations Regulation has also been amended so the new Noise Regulation will apply to farming operations:

New workplaces covered by this regulation include:

  • construction projects
  • health care facilities
  • schools
  • farming operations
  • fire services
  • police services
  • amusement parks

The Noise Regulation comes into effect on July 1, 2016. It will help protect Ontario's workers from noise-induced hearing loss, a leading cause of occupational disease for Ontario workers.

The new regulation is in keeping with changes proposed by the Ministry of Labour in a Summary of Proposal. A 60-day public consultation was held from October 28 to December 29, 2014.

Details

Key changes include:

  1. New Noise Regulation:
    • prescribing, for workers exposed to noise, a maximum time-weighted exposure limit of 85 decibels over an eight-hour work shift
    • requiring employers to put in place measures to reduce workers’ exposure based on a “hierarchy of controls”, which could include engineering controls, work practices, and the use of personal protective equipment in the form of hearing protection devices and
    • requiring employers who provide a worker with a hearing protection device to provide adequate training and instruction on that device.
  2. Amendments to the regulations for Industrial Establishments, Mines and Mining Plants, and Oil and Gas-Offshore:
    • The noise protection sections in the Industrial Establishments, Mines and Mining Plants, and Oil and Gas-Offshore Regulations were revoked. They are now incorporated into the new Noise Regulation.
  3. Amendments to the Farming Operations Regulation:
    • The Farming Operations Regulation was amended in order to apply the Noise Regulationto farming operations.

For more information, visit the Source Law section of the e-Laws website: Noise Regulation.


November 30, 2015

Amendments to Regulations Pertaining to Health and Safety Protections for Construction Workers

Amendments to three regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) have been approved. The amendments formalize the changes proposed by the Ministry of Labour in the Summary of Proposal document that was posted on the government’s Regulatory Registry for a 60-day public consultation from October 28 to December 29, 2014. Key amendments include:

  1. Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91)
    • New requirements relating to the safe operation of rotary foundation drill rigs ("drill rigs"), including new drill rig operator training requirements;
    • Enhancing and clarifying provisions relating to exposure to carbon monoxide, and other fumes and gases, released from internal combustion engines;
    • Strengthening fall protection measures; and,
    • Correcting errors, omissions and inconsistencies, updating outdated references, and clarifying certain requirements.
  2. Control of Exposure to Biological or Chemical Agents Regulation (Regulation 833)
    • Extending the application of the regulation to construction projects; and
    • Enabling the future use of ‘codes of practice’ approved by the Minister of Labour.
  3. Confined Spaces Regulation (O. Reg. 632/05).
    • Consequential amendments were made under this regulation to ensure consistency with changes to Regulation 833.

With respect to the Ministry of Labour’s proposal to introduce noise requirements under the Construction Projects Regulation, please refer to Regulatory Registry Proposal Number 14-MOL005 for updates.

For more information on the amendments and the coming into force dates of the provisions, please visit the Source Law section of the e-Laws website:

It is expected that the amendments will be consolidated into the e-Laws version of the official regulation in the near future.


November 25, 2015

Mines and Mining Plants Regulatory Amendment Proposal

The Ministry is consulting on proposed changes to the Mining Regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including new or amended requirements for risk assessments, water management and traffic management programs, recording of seismic events, and surface diamond drill training.

This consultation is closed.


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March 20, 2015

Ministry of Labour Proposes to Strengthen Health and Safety Requirements related to Suspended Access Equipment

The Ministry of Labour is proposing to strengthen requirements related to the operation of suspended access equipment set out in the Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The proposal would apply to all buildings and structures where suspended access equipment may be used and where the Regulation applies. The proposal would not apply to activities subject to the Window Cleaning Regulation (Regulation 859).

This consultation is closed.


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