[BY WARDS PC LAWYERS]
There will be new noise rules in Ontario workplaces as of July 1, 2016, pursuant to Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act [Regulation (381/15)]. These new rules will apply to many employers in Ontario, including:
- health care
- fire services
- police services
Notable new rules that will be in effect:
- “all measures reasonably necessary in the circumstances to protect workers from exposure to hazardous sound levels”
- noise-protection must “include the provision and use of engineering controls, work practices” and, where required (and permitted), hearing protection devices
- “no worker is exposed to a sound level greater than an equivalent sound exposure level of 85 dBA, Lex,8”, without making workers wear hearing protection measures
- hearing protection devices are secondary (not primary) noise-protection measures and will be permitted in only certain circumstances
- warnings signs are to be posted for areas where the sound level is greater than 85 regularly
- appropriate hearing protection training must be provided
Here is the new regulation.
Jason Ward – WARDS PC LAWYERS
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