Regulation - LGIC

Needle Safety Regulation (O.Reg. 474/07) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Summary of Decision:
The Needle Safety Regulation (O. Reg. 474/07) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act has been extended to other workplaces. Effective July 1, 2010, the regulation will also apply to

─ doctors’ and dentists’ offices, community health centres, family health teams and independent health facilities; and,

─ other workplaces where health related services are provided such as home care services, ambulance services, public health programs, health support services to students in schools, and health care/first aid services to workers or individuals in industrial and other workplaces.

Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
May 27, 2009
Summary of Proposal:
The current regulation mandates the use of safety-engineered needles or needleless systems in hospitals, long-term care homes, psychiatric facilities, laboratories and specimen collection centres. This consultation is on amending the regulation to extend these requirements to additional workplaces and health care services such as home care, doctors’ and dentists’ offices/clinics, ambulances, independent health facilities and public health programs.
Contact Address:
Needle Safety Regulatory Review
Ontario Ministry of Labour
400 University Avenue, 12th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 1T7
Effective Date:
July 1, 2010