OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 18 Personal Protective Equipment

Section 252 Equipment – no immediate danger

This section applies when conditions at the work site are not or cannot become immediately dangerous to life or health, yet there is still a hazard to workers. The section applies if the equipment required by section 254 is not provided and

(a) the oxygen content of the atmosphere is or may be less than 19.5 percent by volume, presenting an oxygen deficient atmosphere, or
(b) the concentration of airborne contaminants exceeds or may exceed that specified by the manufacturer for air purifying respiratory equipment.

If the section applies, the employer must ensure that workers wear self-contained breathing apparatus or an air line respirator having a capacity of at least 30 minutes.