Fire Service Health and Safety Proposal – Protective Equipment
Ontario Regulation 480/10
Bill or Act:
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Summary of Decision:
Amendments to O. Reg. 714/94 (Firefighters – Protective Equipment) require employers to provide firefighters who may be required to perform interior structural fire suppression duties with structural firefighting garments that meet or exceed the requirements of:
o The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1971 “Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting”, 2007 Edition, in the case of garments manufactured on or after March 1, 2007; or,
o The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) CAN/CGSB-155.1-M88 Standard, “Firefighters’ Protective Clothing for Protection Against Heat and Flame” in the case of garments manufactured before March 1, 2007.
October 12, 2010
Summary of Proposal:
The Firefighters – Protective Equipment Regulation (O. Reg. 714/94 made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act) includes a requirement that employers acquire specific protective turn out clothing (bunker gear) for interior structural fire suppression. The regulation refers to a standard produced by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) for this protective turn out clothing.
Firefighter bunker gear in Ontario is currently manufactured in accordance with a standard produced by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
The Ministry of Labour proposes to bring forward a recommendation to replace the reference to the CGSB standard with a reference to the NFPA 1971 Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, 2007 edition, in O. Reg. 714/94 for acquisition of new protective turn out clothing. The requirement to comply with the NFPA 1971 Standard would apply effective the date the amendment comes into effect, if approved.
Fire Service Health and Safety Issues
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January 1, 2011