PART IIIBuilding Safety (continued)
3.10 Where it is not practicable to install guardrails as required by subsection 3.3(5) or subsection 4.8(1) or paragraph 4.11(2)(c) of Part IV, cables or chains shall be installed in a manner that will prevent employees from falling from the work place.
3.11 (1) Subject to subsection (2), if there is a hazard that tools or other objects may fall from a platform or other raised area onto an employee, the employer shall, to the extent possible, install
(a) a toe board that
(b) if the tools or the other objects are piled to such a height that a toe board will not prevent the tools or the other objects from falling, a solid or mesh panel that extends from the floor of the raised area to a height of not less than 450 mm.
(2) If it is not possible to install a toe board on a platform or other raised area, all tools or other objects that could fall shall be
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Housekeeping and Maintenance
(2) All dust, dirt, waste and scrap material in a work place shall be removed as often as is necessary to protect the safety and health of employees and shall be disposed of in such a manner that the safety and health of employees is not compromised.
(3) Every travelled surface in a work place shall be maintained free from splinters, holes, loose boards and tiles or similar defects.
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3.13 (1) Where a floor in a work place is normally wet and employees in the work place do not use non-slip footwear, the floor shall be covered with a dry false floor or platform or treated with a non-slip material or substance.
(2) The floor in a work place shall, as far as is practicable, be kept free from oil, grease or any other slippery substance.
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3.14 (1) Subject to subsection (2), where a salamander or other portable open-flame heating device is used in an enclosed work place, the heating device shall not restrict a means of exit and shall be
(2) Where the heating device referred to in subsection (1) does not provide complete combustion of the fuel used in connection with it, the heating device shall be equipped with a securely supported sheet metal pipe that discharges the products of combustion outside the enclosed work place.
(3) A portable fire extinguisher that has not less than a 10B rating as defined in the ULC Standard shall be readily accessible from the location of the heating device referred to in subsection (1) when the device is in use.
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PART IVTemporary Structures and Excavations
4.1 In this Part, stage means a working platform supported from above. (plate-forme suspendue)
4.2 This Part applies to fixed and portable ladders, to stages and scaffolds and to temporary ramps and stairs.
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4.3 No employee shall work on a temporary structure in environmental conditions that are likely to be hazardous to the safety or health of the employee, except where the work is required to remove a hazard or to rescue an employee.
4.4 Tools, equipment and materials used on a temporary structure shall be arranged or secured in such a manner that they cannot be knocked off the structure accidentally.
4.5 No employee shall use a temporary structure unless
(a) he has authority from his employer to use it; and
(b) he has been trained and instructed in its safe and proper use.
(2) Where an inspection made in accordance with subsection (1) reveals a defect or condition that adversely affects the structural integrity of a temporary structure, no employee shall use the temporary structure until the defect or condition is remedied.
4.7 Where a vehicle or a pedestrian may come into contact with a temporary structure, a person shall be positioned at the base of the temporary structure or a barricade shall be installed around it to prevent any such contact.
Guardrails and Toe Boards
4.8 (1) Subject to section 3.10 of Part III, at every open edge of a platform of a temporary structure guardrails shall be installed and, subject to subsection 3.11(2) of Part III, where there is a likelihood that persons beneath the platform may be injured by objects falling from the platform, toe boards shall be installed.
(2) The guardrails and toe boards referred to in subsection (1) shall meet the standards set out in section 3.9 and subsection 3.11(1) of Part III.
Temporary Stairs, Ramps and Platforms
4.9 (1) Subject to subsection 4.10(3), temporary stairs, ramps and platforms shall be designed, constructed and maintained to support any load that is likely to be imposed on them and to allow safe passage of persons and equipment on them.
(2) Temporary stairs shall have
(3) Temporary ramps and platforms shall be
(2) Where a scaffold is erected on an uneven surface, it shall be provided with base plates that maintain its stability.
(3) Every scaffold shall be capable of supporting at least four times the load that is likely to be imposed on it.
(4) Every scaffold shall
(5) The footings and supports of every scaffold shall be capable of carrying, without dangerous settling, all loads that are likely to be imposed on them.
(2) Every stage shall
(a) have a working surface that is even and horizontal and is capable of supporting any load that is likely to be imposed on it;
(b) be fitted with an effective means of holding the stage away from the working area; and
(c) subject to section 3.10 of Part III, where the stage is to be used at a height of more than 3 m, be fitted with guardrails.
(3) The supporting structure and the ropes or tackle supporting a stage shall have a safety factor of not less than six.
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