OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 33 Explosives Safety

Section 469 Reporting incidents involving explosives

As required by section 18 of the OHS Act, serious injuries or accidents must be reported to Alberta Human Services. The employer must complete an accident investigation report that is then kept on file by the employer for a minimum period of two years.

The serious injuries and accidents that must be reported by law are those that

(a) result in death,
(b) cause a worker to be admitted to hospital for more than two days,
(c) involve an unplanned or uncontrolled explosion, fire or flood that causes a serious injury (or has the potential of causing a serious injury),
(d) involve the collapse or upset of a crane, derrick, or hoist, or
(e) involve the collapse or failure of any component of a building or structure necessary for the structural integrity of the building or structure.

The list of items in this subsection reflects the requirements of the OHS Act. The need for reports is limited to those events involving an unplanned or uncontrolled explosion or fire, whether or not any person was injured. This serves to eliminate the reporting of minor accidents such as misfired explosives or a worker slipping and tripping while carrying a box of explosives.

For more information
Reporting Injuries and Incidents
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