Proposal to update reference to Engineers in Regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)
O. Reg. 420/21 - Notices and Reports Under Sections 51 to 53.1 of the Act – Fatalities, Critical I
O. Reg. 714/94 - Firefighters – Protective Equipment
O. Reg. 67/93 - Health Care and Residential Facilities
O. Reg. 213/91 - Construction Projects
Regulation 859 - Window Cleaning
Regulation 856 - Roll-Over Protective Structures
Regulation 855 - Oil and Gas – Offshore
Regulation 854 - Mines and Mining Plants
Regulation 851 - Industrial Establishments
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Summary of Decision:
As of July 1, 2022, 'limited licence holders' will be authorized as another group of engineers, in addition to professional engineers, licensed under the Professional Engineers Act to provide advice and certification under the OHSA and regulations.
To implement this change, a new defined term "engineer" will be added to the definition section in the OHSA and changes to 9 regulations will be made to replace the current references to "professional engineer" with the new defined term.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
This proposal is not expected to introduce any regulatory burden or costs for businesses.
December 15, 2021
Summary of Proposal:
On December 2, 2021 the Bill 13, Supporting People and Businesses Act, 2021 amended the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to introduce a new definition for "engineer" that will take effect upon a date to be proclaimed.
The Ministry is proposing to update all references to "professional engineer" in the regulations made under OHSA and replace them with "engineer" to reflect the new definition. Amending the references in the regulations would authorize "engineers", as defined in OHSA.
Proposal to update Engineer in OHSA Regulations
Health, Safety and Insurance Policy Branch
Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
400 University Avenue, 14th Floor
Toronto ON M7A 1T7
July 1, 2022