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Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (SOR/86-304)

Regulations are current to 2021-06-03 and last amended on 2021-01-01. Previous Versions

PART VIILevels of Sound (continued)

Hearing Protection

  •  (1) If an employer is required to make a report in accordance with section 7.6, the employer shall, as soon as feasible, provide every employee who is exposed to the sound level referred to in section 7.4 with a hearing protector that

    • (a) meets the requirements set out in CSA Standard Z94.2-M1984, Hearing Protectors, as amended from time to time; and

    • (b) prevents the exposure to the sound level referred to in section 7.4.

  • (2) Where an employer provides a hearing protector to an employee pursuant to subsection (1), the employer shall

    • (a) in consultation with the work place committee or the health and safety representative, formulate a program to train the employee in the fit, care and use of the hearing protector; and

    • (b) implement the program.

  • (3) Every employer shall ensure that every person, other than an employee, to whom the employer grants access to a work place if the person is likely to be exposed to a sound level that exceeds the limits referred to in section 7.4 uses a hearing protector that meets the standard referred to in paragraph (1)(a).

Warning Signs

  •  (1) At every work place where an employee may be exposed to an A-weighted sound pressure level greater than 87 dBA, the employer shall, at conspicuous locations within the work place, post and keep posted signs warning of a potentially hazardous level of sound in the work place.

  • (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), the measurement of the A-weighted sound pressure level in a work place shall be performed instantaneously, during normal working conditions, using the slow response setting of a sound level meter.

  • SOR/91-448, s. 1
  • SOR/98-589, s. 7
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