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OHS Regulatory updates released in March 2019

The following regulatory updates are a sample of the changes that have taken place in March 2019. For a comprehensive update of legislative and regulatory changes sign up for our trial subscription.



Title: Amendments to the Grade Crossing Standards  


Effective Date: March 1, 2019


Summary of changes: 


The Grade Crossings Standards are mandatory engineering standards that improve safety at crossings and are referenced in the Grade Crossings Regulations.


  • Correction of English discrepancies which includes: 

    • Article 9.5 is amended to add the wording “without gates.” The original text did not provide an accurate description of the warning system and should have been consistent with other requirements found throughout Article 9.

    • Equation 10.4b: The text relating to equation 10.4b is amended to add clarity to the equation. It explains that “cdG stop” should be used in place of (s) in figure 10-2.

    • Equation 10.4b and corresponding text of Equation 10.4b: The acronym “t” is modified to “tcdG stop” and the text relating to equation 10.4b is amended to add clarity to the equation. The amended text explains that “tcdG stop” should be used in place of (t) in figure 10-2. Transport Canada is creating the new acronym in order to help differentiate equation 10.4b from equation 10.3b.

    • Article 12.1(c) is amended to change the word “minimum” to “maximum.” The top of the warning signal foundation must be at a “maximum,” not a “minimum,” of 100 mm (4 inches) above the surrounding ground. This change matches the corresponding Figure 12-1 which is correct. This error could have resulted in the unsafe installation of foundations of warning systems and caused potential hazards to motorists and road users in the event of an accident.

    • Figures 12-2 and 12-3 are replaced with updated versions to correspond with Article 12.1(c), which indicates the requirements for the gate and cantilever foundation height above the crown of the road. The original incomplete figures may have resulted in the unsafe installation of foundations of warning systems and caused potential hazards to motorists and road users in the event of an accident.

    • Figure 13-2(b) is replaced with an updated version to show the long lights required for this particular application. Stakeholders were at risk of improperly installing warning system light units and flasher masts. Modification of figure 13-2(b) was required to clarify the requirement, as the original figure 13-2(b) was misleading and incomplete

  • Correction of grammatical or typographical errors

    • Part A, Article 1, (within citations): Changes the edition of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA) manual to the year, 2014. The incorrect year of the AREMA edition was quoted in the Standard.

    • Article 10.3.2: Replaces the acronym “S” with “s” in all of Article 10.

    • Article 13.3.2: Replaces the referred table in the text from “10-2” to “10-4.”

    • Article 14.2.1: Replaces the word “axes” with “axis.”

    • Figure D-1 (Appendix D): Replaces “edge” with “edge” in Figure D-1


Title: The Canadian Minerals And Metals Plan  

Date Released: March 1, 2019


Summary of changes: 

In August 2017, federal, provincial and territorial Ministers responsible for mining called for a Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan to solidify Canada’s position as a global mining leader and to lay the foundation for lasting success at home and abroad. The Plan is forward-looking. It takes into account the views of mining industry stakeholders, Indigenous partners and the public. It recognizes the sharing of responsibilities between orders of government, and it allows each government to participate according to its needs and priorities. The Plan includes a series of specific and coordinated actions that can be pursued by federal, provincial and territorial governments to reach stated goals.

The Plan includes six strategic directions:

  • Economic Development And Competitiveness

  • Advancing The Participation Of Indigenous Peoples

  • The Environment

  • Science,Technology And Innovation

  • Communities

  • Global Leadership



Title: Proposed Draft IRP Volume #07 - Competencies For Critical Roles In Drilling And Completion Operations  

Date Released: March 2019


Summary of changes:

To determine competencies, the revised and renamed IRP 7: Competencies for Critical Roles in Drilling and Completion Operations provides a process for employers when developing or revising an organization’s competency management system to prevent critical outcomes at the well site. The process outlines the minimum requirements and can be used within an existing competency management system. Specific training and certification requirements are not identified in the IRP as these alone do not equate to competency. The IRP includes examples and suggestions to help identify how competency can be measured and provides information about training and experience.

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Title: New Alberta Building, Fire and Energy Efficiency Codes


Effective Date: April 1, 2019


Summary of changes: 


  • The 2019 editions of the Alberta Building Code and Alberta Fire Code based on the 2015 editions of the National Building Code and National Fire Code were adopted in February 2019 by provincial regulation. Also adopted by regulation is the 2017 edition of the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB).

  • The new codes come into effect on April 1, 2019, and there is a transition period to facilitate transition to the new codes from the previous codes. In support of greater harmonization to the national codes, both the Alberta building and fire codes have also been renamed.


The Building Code Regulation adopts two codes:

  • National Building Code - 2019 Alberta Edition - This code provides the minimum safety standards for the design and construction of new buildings and energy efficiency in construction for new housing and small buildings.
    National Energy Code for Buildings - 2017 Edition - This code provides the minimum requirements for energy efficiency in construction for new buildings other than housing and small buildings.


The Fire Code Regulation adopts:

  • National Fire Code - 2019 Alberta Edition - This code provides minimum fire safety requirements for buildings, structures, and areas where hazardous materials are used, and addresses fire protection and fire prevention in the ongoing operation of buildings and facilities. This code also provides for minimum safety standards for storage tank fuel systems.

Title: Updated Standard for Completing Greenhouse Gas Compliance and Forecasting Reports Carbon Competitiveness Incentive Regulation

Effective Date:  March 2019


Summary of changes:

  • Quantification requirements of certain emission categories are optional for reporting periods one and two of 2019 for forecasting facilities

  • Reminder: report all negligible emissions as they count towards the Total Regulated Emissions

  • Minor typographical edits



Title: Renewal Water and Wastewater Operator Certificate of Qualification


Effective Date:  February 2019


Summary of changes:


Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) Water and Wastewater Operator Certificate of Qualification must be renewed every three years to ensure that the operator continues to meet Certification Program requirements in a satisfactory fashion. Conditional Certificates are not renewable.

  • There are two options to choose from to renew a certificate.

    • With Current Experience
      An operator must obtain a minimum of twelve months of operating experience in the previous three years and must obtain an appropriate number of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) (see below**) during the three-year renewal period.
      For renewal purposes only, remote process control experience is gained at a maximum of 1/3 of the experience requirement.

    • Without Current Experience* *Option #2 can only be used a maximum of two consecutive times.


If an operator does not have current experience, there are two options to choose from:

  • Continuing education: An operator must obtain a minimum of 7.2 CEUs during the three-year renewal period; or
    Re-examination: An operator may re-write the certification exam at the appropriate category and level. The rewrite must be in November of last year of renewal. The deadline for a rewrite request is September 20th.



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British Columbia


Title: Proposed amendments to Guidelines — Part 16, Mobile Equipment (with consequential amendments to Parts 1, 8, 10, 12, 14, 17, 26, 28, and 31)

Release Date:  March 2019


Summary of changes:


Proposed amendments on the following provisions:

  • Proposed Repeal And Re-enactment Of Part 16: Mobile Equipment In The Occupational Health And
    Safety Regulation,

  • With Consequential Amendments To Part 1: Definitions,

  • Part 8: Personal Protective Clothing And Equipment,

  • Part 10 De-energization And Lockout,

  • Part 12: Tools, Machinery And Equipment,

  • Part 14: Cranes And Hoists,

  • Part 17: Transportation Of Workers,

  • Part 26: Forestry Operations And Similar Activities,

  • Part 28: Agriculture, And Part 31: Firefighting


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Title: Spring Weight Restriction Minister’s Order Pursuant to section 35(1) of “The Highways and Transportation Act, 1997


Effective Date:  March 18, 2019


Summary of changes:


Under section 35(1) of “The Highways and Transportation Act,1997 it is ordered, until further notice, that vehicles other than those exempted in Part II, section 3 (2) and 3 (5) of “The Vehicle Weight and Dimensions Regulations, 2010”, shall be restricted as follows:


Steering Axle

  • 10.0 kg per mm (560 pounds per inch) width of tire (manufacturer’s stamped dimension) to a maximum of 5,500 kg on the steering axle for a truck or truck tractor equipped with a single steering axle.

  • 11,000 kg on the steering axle group for a truck or truck tractor equipped with a tandem axle steering group.

  • Other Axles

  • 6.25 kg per mm (350 pounds per inch) width of tire (manufacturer’s stamped dimension) to a maximum of:

    • 1,650 kg (3,638 pounds) per tire, or

    • 2,630 kg per tire for axles equipped with single tires with a width of 445mm or greater.


This order does not permit the weight on any axle, axle group or vehicle from exceeding the maximum weight prescribed in the “The Vehicle Weight and Dimension Regulations, 2010” for that axle, axle group or vehicle.


The restriction does not apply to:

  • Emergency vehicles;

  • Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure vehicles and municipal maintenance equipment when conducting maintenance or accessing sites on or along the restricted highway;

  • SaskPower, SaskEnergy and SaskTel vehicles when accessing sites along the restricted route;

  • Recreational vehicles;

  • Buses;

  • Farm Equipment operated or towed;

  • Vehicles directly crossing a Provincial Highway at an intersecting public highway or private road.


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Title: New technical standard for the asphalt mix industry


Release Date:  March 12, 2019 (Comments invited until May 11, 2019)


Summary of changes:

The proposed industry standard:

  • includes all reasonably anticipated contaminants discharged from an asphalt mix facility

  • would apply to asphalt facilities identified as part of NAICS code 324121.

The dominant sources of key contaminants from this sector consist of:

  • storage of asphalt cement material

  • manufacturing and handling of the hot mix asphalt

  • emissions from the combustion equipment

  • storage areas, aggregate handling and storage.

Key proposed requirements include:

  • monitoring storage asphalt cement storage temperature

  • monitoring asphalt mix production temperature to reduce the emissions

  • mandatory air scavenging system

  • chemical dust suppressant application and /or maintaining a moisture level preventing the particulates discharge

  • annual monitoring reports including a summary of actions taken to address exceedances of production temperatures

  • operating and monitoring requirements

  • requirements to make operational adjustments (when deviations occur)

  • complaint response procedures

  • requirements to maintain existing air pollution controls or management methods at the facility (even it is not specified in the proposed technical standard

  • public reporting, notification and recordkeeping requirements



Title: Safe At Work Ontario: Slips, trips and falls initiative


Release Date:  March 2019 


Summary of changes:

Due to the impact of falls across all sectors, the ministry is holding an initiative focused on slips, trips and falls hazards from March 18–July 12, 2019.

Phase 1 of the initiative is a compliance support and awareness campaign, which runs the length of the initiative (March 18–July 12, 2019), and will be supported by our health and safety association (HSA) partners. Each HSA is hosting a free webinar to help employers prepare for an inspection:

Phase 2 of the initiative is a focused inspections campaign, which runs from April 15–July 12, 2019. To help prevent same level falls, inspectors will focus on slips, trips and fall hazards in all sectors. In workplaces where fall protection is required to prevent falls from heights, inspectors will check that adequate fall protection systems such as a travel restraint, fall restricting system, fall arrest system, safety net or guardrails are being used.




Title: Proposed Changes to TSSA's Elevating Devices Code Adoption Document 


Release Date:  March 2019


Summary of changes:

This revision, 261-13r1, makes minor revisions to CAD amendment 261-13. Highlights of changes introduced in this revision are as follows:

  • clarify collapsible handrails (if used) must extend to 42" when opened

  • clearance from car top handrail to shear hazards in the hoistway must be 4" after Nov 1, 2013

  • dedicated function fire alarms (DFFA) if used in building with existing systems must be integrated as one system

  • DFFA if used in buildings not requiring alarm systems must be marked as elevator recall systems

  • owners must annually test DFFA used solely as elevator recall systems

  • transit facilities may stop escalators as permitted by NFPA 130

  • existing installations must have MCP's in place by March 31, 2014

  • car top railing compliance has been revised to May 1, 2014

  • a hydraulic elevator to electric elevator alteration scope has been added

  • clarify if FCR retrofits where missed, autorecall is now required for all cars

  • A summary table of pending compliance due dates has been added to end of Part 3


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