Quebec City, January 13, 2016 – Major regulatory changes have been made to the Regulation respecting occupational health and safety (ROHS) and the Safety Code for the construction industry (SCCI) regarding lockout. These amendments were adopted last December 30 and will take effect on January 14, 2016, thus allowing little time for employers to adapt to them.
These major changes involve new responsibilities for all Québec employers and for general contractors on construction sites. Here are the main changes.
First of all, all organizations now have the obligation to analyze the equipment they use, without exception. Employers therefore must develop a lockout procedure (lockout card) for each machine. The lockout card is a tool that makes it possible, in particular, to identify the machine, the energy sources, the lockout material and the steps required to control the energy.
Also, despite section 51(9) of the Act respecting occupational health and safety regarding every employer’s obligation to provide their employees with training as to the risks associated with their work, the new regulatory provisions now require specific lockout training for workers and verification of their competencies.
In addition, one of the most important changes is management of subcontracting. In fact, as soon as another employer or a self-employed worker is mandated in the organization and the worker assigned to him will be performed in the danger zone of a machine, the employer will have to authorize the work in writing to ensure the procedure is applied. It is therefore important to know that an employer who does not have any “maintenance” employees or employees assigned to work involving lockout, now is responsible for supervising the work assigned to him. In the event of a breach, an accident or other incidents, the employer could be notified of derogations and even offences by the CNESST.
Other changes added essentially concern the application of lockout. For example, they describe the type of lock to be used, the procedure required in case a lock is forgotten on a machine or a key is lost, the other possible work methods when lockout cannot be applied, etc.
We are currently updating our training on the www.ohscampus.com online training site based on these new provisions. As soon as it is available, you will be able to take complete training on these new regulations.
If you need more information or would like to implement a compliant lockout program, we invite you to contact our prevention team, and it will be their pleasure to answer you.
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