OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 18 Personal Protective Equipment

Section 254 Emergency escape equipment

(1) Despite sections 251 and 252, if normal operating conditions do not require the wearing of respiratory protective equipment but emergency conditions may occur requiring a worker to escape from the work area, the employer may permit the escaping worker to wear

(a) a mouth bit and nose-clamp respirator if

(i) the respirator is designed to protect the worker from the specific airborne contaminants present, and

(ii) the oxygen content of the atmosphere during the escape is 19.5 percent or greater by volume, or

(b) alternative respiratory protective equipment that can be proven to give the worker the same or greater protection as the equipment referred to in clause (a).

(2) Before permitting a worker to use the equipment referred to in subsection (1), the employer must consider the length of time it will take the worker to escape from the work area.