New Regulations Occupational Health and Safety Act Bunker Gear and Asbestos

The Minister of Labour has announced two new regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act:

1. Reg 480/10 amending 714/94 which requires firefighters to wear bunker gear that meets the NFPA design standards if the gear was manufactured on or after March 1, 2007.

2. O.Reg 479/10 amending 278/05 relates to asbestos and states that firefighters and fire investigators are exempt from O.Reg 278/05 when they carry out specific work such as fire suppression, rescue, emergency services or fire cause investigation. The requirement for owners to manage asbestos in their buildings continue to apply to municipal fire services.

To view the new regulations, please click on the document below.

These regulations are now in effect.

Reg Amendment Letter - Minister Sousa -Jan 14 2011.pdf