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R2.2-1 General Duty ("Undue Risk")

Policies Part 2 - Application

General Duty ("Undue Risk")

1. Explanatory Notes
Section 2.2 provides a general duty to carry out all work without undue risk.

2. The OHSR
Section 2.2:

Despite the absence of a specific requirement, all work must be carried out without undue risk of injury or occupational disease to any person.

Section 2.2 allows an order to be issued requiring the elimination of undue risk to any worker from a hazardous work activity not covered by a specific section of the OHSR. Undue risk means a greater than normal probability continued exposure to the work, or working conditions, will result in injury or adverse health effect.

An order issued using section 2.2 must identify in the body of the order the condition causing undue risk.

If the requirements of a specific section of the OHSR applicable to another industry or the requirements of another regulatory agency could provide guidance for elimination of the undue risk, the order may quote and/or refer to the specific section or regulatory requirement.

Officers must promptly inform their manager when an order is issued using section 2.2.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 1, 2001
AUTHORITY: Section 2.2 of the OHSR.
HISTORY: April 6, 2020 - Housekeeping changes.
September 15, 2010 - Housekeeping changes to delete practice reference and make formatting changes.
Replaces Policy No. 2.04 of the Prevention Division Policy and Procedure Manual.
APPLICATION: This Item results from the 2000/2001 "editorial" consolidation of all prevention policies into the Prevention Manual. The POLICY in this Item merely continues the substantive requirements of Policy No. 2.04, as they existed prior to the Effective Date, with any wording changes necessary to reflect legislative and regulatory changes since Policy No. 2.04 was issued.

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