OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 40 Utility Workers – Electrical

Explanation of Rules Referenced from the ECUC, Second Edition

Rule 4-006 Duties

The duties described in this rule are consistent with employer responsibilities described elsewhere in the OHS Code and the OHS Regulation. As required by this rule, the employer

(a) must ensure that a copy of the ECUC safety rules referenced by the OHS Code are accessible to each utility employee. This is meant to include all workers working on behalf of the utility, including those working for contractors and subcontractors on behalf of the utility. A copy of the safety rules need not be carried by each worker – the rules can be at a local office, in a truck, or available on-line as examples,

(b) must ensure that the worker has received instruction in how the safety rules are applied. This instruction should reflect the appropriate safety rules applicable to the work being done and the worker’s scope of work. Although not a requirement, it is suggested that a record of the completion of this instruction be kept by the employer,

(c) must ensure that workers follow the rules, perhaps through a system of supervision, and

(d) must have a method of evaluating worker competence to ensure that the worker is adequately qualified, suitably trained, and with sufficient experience to safely perform the assigned work.