• ISBN: 978-1-4249-6190-0
  • Issued: May 2004
  • Content last reviewed: June 2009

This Guideline expands upon and replaces the Ontario Ministry of Labour Guideline "Safety Standard for Rear Loading Mobile Refuse Compacting Trucks" dated March 5th, 1993. The Guideline applies the same point-of-operation guarding principles as found in the 1993 Guideline. The requirements in this Guideline are additional to ANSI Z245.1-1999 for "Equipment Technology and Operations for Wastes and Recyclable Materials - Mobile Wastes and Recyclable Materials Collection, Transportation, and Compacting Equipment Safety Requirements". Any reference in ANSI Z245.1-1999 to any other Standard or Regulation does not necessarily mean that the Ministry has accepted the referenced Standard or Regulation.

The Guideline applies to the following:

  1. Rear-loading compacting equipment
  2. Side-loading compacting equipment
    1. Side-loading compacting equipment (Type 2: 'Torpedo Design' - ANSI Z245.1 Figure 8a)
  3. Rear-loader & Side-loader container lifting equipment
  4. Multi-compartment recycling vehicles
  5. Combination collection equipment & other vehicles not identified in the guideline
  6. Front-loading compacting equipment

The additional requirements to ANSI Z245.1-1999 deal with "point-of-operation guarding" as per section 25, 26 and 28 of Regulation 851. In addition requirements for "lock-out" under section 76 and "blocking" under section 75 of Regulation 851 are included. Requirements for "fall protection" in general and those under section 85 of Regulation 851 are included in particular for multi-compartment recycling vehicles and front-loading compacting equipment both with needed access to top platforms.

Employers can make use of this guideline in assisting them in meeting their duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 25 (2) (h). The Industrial Establishments Regulation 851 is cited as setting out reasonable precautions that may be taken in the circumstances for the protection of a worker in this context.

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