Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

Version of section 19.5 from 2007-11-29 to 2009-03-04:

  •  (1) The employer shall, in order to address identified and assessed hazards, including ergonomics-related hazards, take preventive measures to address the assessed hazard in the following order of priority:

    • (a) the elimination of the hazard, including by way of engineering controls which may involve mechanical aids, equipment design or redesign that take into account the physical attributes of the employee;

    • (b) the reduction of the hazard, including isolating it;

    • (c) the provision of personal protective equipment, clothing, devices or materials; and

    • (d) administrative procedures, such as the management of hazard exposure and recovery periods and the management of work patterns and methods.

  • (2) As part of the preventive measures, the employer shall develop and implement a preventive maintenance program in order to avoid failures that could result in a hazard to employees.

  • (3) The employer shall ensure that any preventive measure shall not in itself create a hazard and shall take into account the effects on the work place.

  • (4) The preventive measures shall include steps to address

    • (a) newly identified hazards in an expeditious manner; and

    • (b) ergonomics-related hazards that are identified when planning implementation of change to the work environment or to work duties, equipment, practices or processes.

  • (5) The employer shall ensure that any person assigned to implement ergonomics-related prevention measures has the necessary instruction and training.

  • SOR/2005-401, s. 2;
  • SOR/2007-271, s. 5.
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