All requirements related to confined spaces have been consolidated into a single regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Ministry of Labour reports. The new regulation, O. Reg. 632/05 was recently approved. As a result, according to the Ministry,
- the application section of O. Reg. 632/05 is amended to make this regulation apply to construction projects, health care and residential facilities, industrial establishments, and mines and mining plants;
- the provisions that apply with respect to confined spaces in the four sector-specific regulations are revoked; and,
- important differences between the current confined spaces provisions that apply on construction projects and those that apply for other workplaces have been maintained.
The amendments come into force July 1, 2011.
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