Ministry of Labour Proposes to Strengthen Health and Safety Requirements related to Suspended Access Equipment
Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91)
Bill or Act:
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Summary of Decision:
The Government of Ontario has amended the Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to strengthen and clarify existing requirements relating to the use of suspended access equipment. The amendments are consistent with the changes proposed in the "Summary of Proposal" document that was posted for a 90-day public consultation from March 20 to June 22, 2015 (please see the 'Summary of Proposal' section below). Key amendments include:
• Introducing a requirement for notifying the Ministry of Labour prior to putting suspended access equipment into service for the first time at a project;
• Introducing requirements for roof plans and site-specific work plans;
• Introducing training requirements for workers who may use or inspect suspended access equipment;
• Enhancing existing design, operational, technical and engineering requirements;
• Strengthening and enhancing existing inspection, testing and maintenance requirements by prescribing more prescriptive provisions for the regulated party; and,
• Miscellaneous amendments to clarify certain requirements.
Amendments relating to the use of suspended access equipment will come into force on January 1, 2017. For more information on the amendments, including the coming into force dates for the miscellaneous amendments, please visit the Source Law section of the e-Laws website.
March 20, 2015
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Labour is proposing to strengthen requirements related to the operation of suspended access equipment set out in the Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The proposal would apply to all buildings and structures where suspended access equipment may be used and where the Regulation applies. The proposal would not apply to activities subject to the Window Cleaning Regulation (Regulation 859).
Suspended access equipment generally refers to one or more work platforms or a seating surface suspended by wire ropes from an overhead anchorage (e.g., roof anchors) that can be lowered or raised along the façade of a building or structure by hoisting devices. Swing stages and boatswain's chairs (also known as bosun chairs) are examples of suspended access equipment.
The ministry has developed a consultation proposal outlining the proposed regulatory changes for public review. Key proposals include:
• Enhancing operational, technical and engineering requirements;
• Introducing training requirements for suspended access equipment operators and workers;
• Strengthening inspection, testing and maintenance requirements;
• New references to national standards related to design, installation, inspection and maintenance;
• Introducing new requirements for roof plans and work plans; and,
• Introducing a new requirement for notifying the ministry prior to putting a suspended access equipment into service for the first time at a project.
The ministry invites the public and stakeholders to comment on the changes described in the consultation proposal. Written submissions received during the consultation period will be considered in the final preparation of the proposed amendments. See links below for more information on this proposal.
Notice to Consultation Participants:
Personal information collected during this consultation is under the authority of Section 70 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and is in compliance with section 38 (2) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Please note that your comments, submissions, identity and organizational affiliation will become part of the public record and may be released during or following the consultation process.
Ministry of Labour
Health and Safety Policy Branch
Construction Health and Safety Regulatory Proposal Project
400 University Ave., 12th floor
July 1, 2016