Upcoming Amendments to Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act October 09 2019

Starting January 1st, 2020, amendments to Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act will come in effect. These changes will affect workplaces where workers are exposed to biological and chemical agents (Ont. Reg. 882/90) and/or designated substances (Ont. Reg. 490/09).

The upcoming amendments are as follows:

  • replace the 9 separate Medical Surveillance Codes with one single consolidated and updated Medical Surveillance Code
  • replace the 16 separate Codes for Respiratory Equipment and Measuring Airborne Substances with new, updated, and consolidated respiratory protection and measuring provisions
  • permit businesses to use the “Quebec model” for calculating exposures to hazardous substances for irregular work shifts
  • add “substitution,” or substituting hazardous substances with those that are less hazardous, to the hierarchy of controls

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Source: Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act