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Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

Version of section 8.8 from 2006-03-22 to 2019-06-24:

  •  (1) Where an employee is working on or near live electrical equipment and, because of the nature of the work or the condition or location of the work place, it is necessary for the safety of the employee that the work be observed by a person not engaged in the work, the employer shall appoint a safety watcher

    • (a) to warn all employees in the work place of the hazard; and

    • (b) to ensure that all safety precautions and procedures are complied with.

  • (2) A safety watcher shall be

    • (a) informed of his duties as a safety watcher and of the hazard involved in the work;

    • (b) trained and instructed in the procedures to follow in the event of an emergency;

    • (c) authorized to stop immediately any part of the work that he considers dangerous; and

    • (d) free of any other duties that might interfere with his duties as a safety watcher.

  • (3) For the purposes of subsection (1), an employer may appoint himself as a safety watcher.

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