OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 3.1 Previous editions of referenced standards

Section 3.1 was created to eliminate the need to list all previous applicable editions of a standard referenced in the 2009 edition of the OHS Code. This section allows older equipment to have been approved to, or have met the requirements of, an earlier edition of a referenced standard. For example:

Full body harness

142(1) An employer must ensure that

(a) a full body harness manufactured on or after July 1, 2009 is approved to

(i) CSA Standard CAN/CSA Z259.10-06, Full Body Harnesses,

(ii) ANSI/ASSE Standard Z359.1-2007, Safety requirements for personal fall arrest systems, subsystems and components, or

(iii) CEN Standard EN 361:2007, Personal protective equipment against falls from a height – Full body harnesses, and …

If it is still in good working condition, a full body harness approved to the 1990 edition of the CSA standard, the 1992 edition of the ANSI standard or the 2002 edition of the EN standard can remain in service. The full body harness does not need to be replaced with a full body harness approved to the newest edition of one of the standards listed in the example shown above.