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Harmonization of Personal Protection Equipment Requirements Across Canada

About the Harmonization of Personal Protective Equipment Requirements

The Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety is looking for input on possible regulatory changes to The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 to align specific personal protective equipment requirements with those being adopted across Canada.

The proposed changes are part of an effort by provincial, territorial, and federal governments to harmonize regulatory standards in a number of areas. This includes occupational health and safety standards for the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including:

  • Eye and face protection;
  • Head protection;
  • Foot protection;
  • Hearing protection;
  • Personal flotation devices; and
  • First aid kits.

The ministers responsible for labour legislation signed a National Occupational Health and Safety Reconciliation Agreement on January 30, 2019, which sets out the specific standards that all jurisdictions will recognize for personal protective equipment. The goal of this Agreement is to simplify regulatory requirements for organizations, allowing them to work more seamlessly across multiple jurisdictions without compromising health and safety protections for workers.

How to participate:

To provide feedback, please refer to the discussion paper.

Please provide written comments by May 15, 2019, to:

Public Engagement: OHS Harmonization
Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety
300 – 1870 Albert Street
Regina, SK  S4P 4W1

Or by email to:

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