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 4-022 Training and space

Training workers in the safe use of protective devices and equipment is a basic requirement and dealt with in its most general sense in section 15 of the OHS Regulation.

The employer is responsible for ensuring that workers have sufficient working space to safely operate live line tools and associated equipment so that the limit of approach distances are not violated in such spaces. Minimum working space requirements appear in CSA Standards C22.3 No. 1, Overhead Systems, and C22.3 No. 7, Underground Systems.

In the context in which it was originally written, the term “confined spaces” in paragraph (b) more correctly refers to “restricted spaces” i.e. spaces in which the amount of room provided to workers for easy movement is limited or “restricted”. The term does not refer to confined spaces as used in Part 5 of the OHS Code.