Legislation

Health and Safety

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British Columbia – WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors have approved several amendments to the health and safety regulations over the spring, including changes to the definitions of combustible and flammable liquids, asbestos inventory, lead, cranes and hoists, and updates to joint health and safety committee requirements. Additional information can be found here and here.

Nova Scotia – Adoption of the new National Fire Code of Canada 2015 and the National Building Code of Canada 2015. These were adopted with some amendments on May 1, 2017 and April 1, 2017 respectively.

Ontario – Clarification on the definition of ‘Critical Injury” found in Regulation 834. All critical injuries must be reported under the OHS Act if there is a connection between the hazard that gave rise to the injury and worker health and safety. The full text of the clarification can be found here

Environment

Ontario – TSSA – Adopts the 2017 Liquid Fuels Handling Code. The 2017 code includes the following changes and comes into effect on October 1, 2017:

  • Electronic Line Leak Detection is required on all pre-2006 underground, double-wall pressure piping by 2020.
    Removal of all underground single-wall steel tanks within 12 months if one of those tanks leaks.
  • Removal of all underground single-wall steel piping within 12 months if one of those lines fails the cathodic protection test or leaks.
  • Removal of underground single-wall steel tanks if out of service for one year or more;
  • Manifolding of vents (vents and vapour recovery pipes branching into several openings) is no longer permitted.
  • All below-grade submersible pumps must be installed in a monitored sump by 2022.