OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 19 Powered Mobile Equipment

Section 290.1 Licensing and mechanical inspection

Some workers use a personal vehicle for work purposes. This section introduces licensing and mechanical inspection requirements that apply to workers who use a personal vehicle for work purposes.

Subsection 256(1) states that a worker must not operate powered mobile equipment, which includes vehicles, unless the worker

(a) is trained to safely operate the equipment,
(b) has demonstrated competency in operating the equipment to a competent worker designated by the employer,
(c) is familiar with the equipment’s operating instructions, and
(d) is authorized by the employer to operate the equipment.

These requirements are considered to have been met once an employer ensures that the worker has met the appropriate licensed driver requirements of provincial legislation applicable to the type of personal vehicle being used.

To make sure that the personal vehicle is mechanically sound and therefore safe to use for work purposes, the worker must ensure that the vehicle is maintained in sound mechanical condition. This requirement can be met by the worker following the maintenance requirements specified by the vehicle manufacturer.