The following information was passed on to me by Terry Carson. The OAHI Technical Review Committee will study and release an official safety notice on the impact of this Act on its members. In light of the effective date – I felt obliged to pass this along immediately, and hope that you may consider sharing this with others.
Ontario Regulation 627/05 made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act comes into effect on April 1, 2006.
Executive Summary for Home Inspectors
83. Every reasonable precaution shall be taken to prevent hazards to workers from energized electrical equipment, installations and conductors.
- (1) This section applies instead of section 190 if work is to be done on or near energized exposed parts of electrical equipment or of an electrical installation or conductor and,
(a) it is not reasonably possible to disconnect the equipment,
installation or conductor from the power supply before working on or near the energized exposed parts;
(b) the equipment, installation or conductor is rated at a
nominal voltage of 600 volts or less, and disconnecting the equipment, installation or conductor would create a greater hazard to a worker than proceeding without disconnecting it; or
© the work consists only of diagnostic testing of the
equipment, installation or conductor.
(2) Subsection (10) applies, in addition to subsections (3) to (9), if the equipment, installation or conductor is nominally rated at,
(a) greater than 400 amperes and greater than 200 volts; or
(b) greater than 200 amperes and greater than 300 volts.
(3) Only a worker who meets the requirements of clause 182 (1) (a) or (b) shall perform the work.
(Note: Clause 182 specifies that the worker must hold a certificate of qualification as an electrician.)