OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 1 Definitions and General Application

Section 1 Definitions


abate” means to encapsulate, enclose or remove asbestos-containing material;

abnormal audiogram” means an audiogram that indicates

(a) the threshold in either ear is more than 25 dB at 500, 1000 or 2000 Hz,

(b) the threshold in either ear is more than 60 dB at 3000, 4000 or 6000 Hz, or

(c) there is one-sided hearing loss with the difference in hearing threshold level between the better and the poorer ear exceeding the average of 30 dB at 3000, 4000 and 6000 Hz;

abnormal shift” means a threshold shift, in either ear, of 15 dB at two consecutive test frequencies from 1000 Hz up to and including 6000 Hz when compared to the baseline test;

acceptance” means an acceptance issued under section 34 of the Act;

Act” means the Occupational Health and Safety Act;

actively transmitting” with respect to radiofrequency transmitters includes being set to “on” or “standby” mode;

actuated fastening tool” means a tool that uses a pneumatic, hydraulic, explosive or electric source of energy to bring about its action;

acute illness or injury” means a physical injury or sudden occurrence of an illness that results in the need for immediate care;

advanced first aider” means an Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, nurse or other person who holds a certificate in advanced first aid from an approved training agency;

aerial device” means a telescoping or articulating unit used for positioning a personnel basket, bucket, platform or other device at an elevated work location;

all-terrain vehicle” means a wheeled or tracked motor vehicle designed primarily for travel on unprepared surfaces such as open country and marshland, but does not include a snow vehicle, or farming, ranching or construction machinery;

anchor” means an engineered component for coupling a fall arrest or travel restraint system to an anchorage;

anchorage” means a structure, or part of a structure, that is capable of safely withstanding any potential forces applied by a fall protection system;

ANSI” means American National Standards Institute;

API” means American Petroleum Institute;

approved to” means that the product bears the approval or certification mark of a nationally accredited third-party testing organization, certifying that the product complies with the referenced standard;

approved training agency” means a person or organization that enters into an agreement with the Director of Medical Services under section 177;

asbestos waste” means material that is discarded because there is a reasonable chance that asbestos might be released from it and become airborne, including protective clothing that is contaminated with asbestos;

ASME” means American Society of Mechanical Engineers;

ASSE” means American Society of Safety Engineers;

ASTM” means American Society for Testing and Materials;

audiometer” means a device meeting the specifications of an audiometer described in ANSI Standard S3.6-2004, Specification for Audiometers;

audiometric technician” means a person who has passed an audiometric technician course approved by the Director of Medical Services, or has been approved by the Director of Medical Services as having the equivalent of an approved audiometric technician course and, in either case, has passed a requalification examination when requested to do so by the Director of Medical Services;

authorized worker” in sections 562 to 569 means a competent worker authorized by the employer to install, change or repair electrical equipment;

AWG” means, with respect to electrical conductors, American Wire Gauge;