OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 9 Fall Protection

Section 138 Rescue personnel exemption

The “rescue personnel exemption” presented in this section does not exempt rescue personnel from using fall protection equipment and practices. It does exempt rescue personnel from using the equipment and practices specified in Part 9, allowing the use of alternative equipment and practices. Whereas Part 9 specifies the use of “industrial”-type fall protection equipment and practices, the exemption allows rescue personnel to use alternative equipment and practices. The practices used must provide an effective measure of worker safety and address the unique hazards that a rescue presents. A fall protection plan as required by section 140 must be prepared. The requirements of other Parts of the OHS Code, such as those dealing with personal protective equipment, continue to apply.