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GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

R8.10-1 RE: Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment - General Requirements - Personal Clothing and Accessories

RESPIRATORS

R8.33-1 RE: Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment - Respirators - Interchanging Air Cylinders
R8.33-2 RE: Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment - Respirators - Interchanging Air Lines

Policies Part 8 - General Requirements

Policy Item R8.10-1
RE: Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment - General Requirements - Personal Clothing and Accessories
BACKGROUND

1. Explanatory Notes
Section 8.10 sets out restrictions on personal clothing and accessories and on cranial and facial hair to avoid the creation of hazards.

2. The Regulation

Section 8.10:

(1) The personal clothing of a worker must be of a type and in a condition which will not expose the worker to any unnecessary or avoidable hazards.

(2) If there is a danger of contact with moving parts of machinery or with electrically energized equipment, or if the work process presents similar hazards

(a) the clothing of the worker must fit closely about the body,

(b) dangling neckwear, bracelets, wristwatches, rings or similar articles must not be worn, except for medical alert bracelets which may be worn with transparent bands that hold the bracelets snugly to the skin, and

(c) cranial and facial hair must be confined, or worn at a length which will prevent it from being snagged or caught in the work process.

POLICY

The Board is only concerned with the lack of clothing if a worker is exposed to the possibility of injury from the material being handled or contact with an abrasive surface or object, or contact with a surface at a temperature which could cause a burn injury.

Workers handling hot tar or other material that could burn through splashing, fuming, or radiant heat must wear suitable clothing covering the body and arms.

Workers exposed to the abrasive action of material, such as the carrying of lumber on the shoulder or against the body, must wear appropriate clothing.

A worker may have to change or add clothing as the worker's job duties or work conditions change.

The employer may have a dress code or policy for clothing requirements during warm weather. An officer will not enforce an employer's policy of this type.

Officers will issue orders where the lack of clothing is exposing a worker to the possibility of injury.


EFFECTIVE DATE: April 1, 2001
AUTHORITY: s. 8.10, Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
CROSS REFERENCES: s. 8.2, Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
HISTORY: Housekeeping changes effective September 15, 2010 to delete practice reference and make formatting changes.
Replaces Policy No. 14.02 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. 14.02, as they existed prior to the Effective Date, with any wording changes necessary to reflect legislative and regulatory changes since Policy No. 14.02 was issued.

Policies Part 8 - Respirators

Policy Item R8.33-1 RE: Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment - Respirators - Interchanging Air Cylinders

BACKGROUND
1. Explanatory Notes
Section 8.33 outlines the general requirements for the selection of respiratory protective equipment.

2. The Regulation
Section 8.33:

(1) The employer, in consultation with the worker and the occupational health and safety committee, if any, or the worker health and safety representative, if any, must select an appropriate respirator in accordance with CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z94.4-93, Selection, Use and Care of Respirators.

(2) Only a respirator which meets the requirements of a standard acceptable to the Board may be used for protection against airborne contaminants in the workplace.

POLICY
Compressed air cylinders may be interchanged with different makes of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) provided the cylinders are fully compatible with the SCBA on which they will be used. The cylinders must have the same pressure rating and fittings with the same type of thread and thread length.

When interchanging is being done, the user should be aware that using cylinders originally made for one make of SCBA on another make will void the NIOSH approval for that SCBA. This may affect the user's ability to successfully recover damages from the SCBA manufacturer in the event of an equipment problem or malfunction.


EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001
AUTHORITY: s. 8.33, Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
CROSS REFERENCES:
HISTORY: Housekeeping changes effective February 1, 2011 to reflect regulation changes effective on that date.
Housekeeping changes effective September 15, 2010 to delete practice reference and make formatting changes.
Housekeeping changes were made on March 1, 2005 to reflect the October 29, 2003 changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation ("OHSR"). This Item originally replaced Policy No. 14.23(2)-1 of the former Prevention Division Policy and Procedure Manual.
Effective October 29, 2003, the reproduction of section 8.33(1) of the OHSR in this Item was revised to reflect its amendment.
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. 14.23(2)-1, as they existed prior to the Effective Date, with any wording changes necessary to reflect legislative and regulatory changes since Policy No. 14.23(2)-1 was issued.
APPLICATION: This policy applies to interchanging compressed air cylinders on self-contained breathing apparatus on and after August 1, 2001.

Policy Item R8.33-2
RE: Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment - Respirators - Interchanging Air Lines

BACKGROUND
1. Explanatory Notes
Section 8.33 outlines the general requirements for the selection of respiratory protective equipment.

2. The Regulation
Section 8.33:

(1) The employer, in consultation with the worker and the occupational health and safety committee, if any, or the worker health and safety representative, if any, must select an appropriate respirator in accordance with CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z94.4-93, Selection, Use and Care of Respirators.

(2) Only a respirator which meets the requirements of a standard acceptable to the Board may be used for protection against airborne contaminants in the workplace.

POLICY
Air lines on respirators can generally be interchanged provided they:

  • are NIOSH approved;
  • are of the same inside diameter and length as recommended by the manufacturer; and
  • have compatible end fittings.

When interchanging is being done, the user should be aware that using air lines originally made for one make of respirator on another make will void the NIOSH approval for that respirator. This may affect the user's ability to successfully recover damages from the respirator manufacturer in the event of an equipment problem or malfunction.


EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001
AUTHORITY: s. 8.33, Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
CROSS REFERENCES:
HISTORY: Housekeeping changes effective February 1, 2011 to reflect regulation changes effective on that date.
Housekeeping changes effective September 15, 2010 to delete practice reference and make formatting changes.
Housekeeping changes were made on March 1, 2005 to reflect the October 29, 2003 changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation ("OHSR"). This Item originally replaced Policy No. 14.23(2)-2 of the former Prevention Division Policy and Procedure Manual.
Effective October 29, 2003, the reproduction of section 8.33(1) of the OHSR in this Item was revised to reflect its amendment.
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. 14.23(2)-2, as they existed prior to the Effective Date, with any wording changes necessary to reflect legislative and regulatory changes since Policy No. 14.23(2)-2 was issued. A caution has been added regarding the voiding of NIOSH approval in certain situations.
APPLICATION: This policy applies to interchanging air lines on respirators on and after August 1, 2001.

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