OHS Code

Published Date: February 01, 2007
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Part 4 Chemical Hazards, Biological Hazards and Harmful Substances

Section 29 Restricted area

(1) An employer must ensure that only a person authorized by the employer or by law to do so enters a restricted area.

(2) An employer must post signs that clearly indicate that

(a) asbestos, silica, coal dust or lead are present in the area,

(b) only authorized persons may enter the area, and

(c) eating, drinking and smoking are prohibited in the area.

(3) Signs posted under subsection (2) must

(a) be in a conspicuous location at the entrances to and on the periphery of each restricted area, as appropriate, and

(b) remain posted until the area is no longer a restricted area.

(4) An employer must

(a) provide workers in a restricted area with protective clothing that protects other clothing worn by the worker from contamination by asbestos, silica, coal dust or lead,

(b) ensure that workers’ street clothing is not contaminated by asbestos, silica, coal dust or lead, and

(c) ensure that a worker does not leave a restricted area until the worker has been decontaminated.

(5) Subsection (4) does not apply in an emergency if the health or safety of a worker requires the worker to leave a restricted area without being decontaminated.