OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 8 Entrances, Walkways, Stairways and Ladders

Section 120 Doors

Subsection 120(1)

Doors must be appropriately selected and then maintained so that workers can open them without substantial effort. Doorways must be kept free of obstructions.

Subsection 120(2)

Enclosed areas may pose a hazard to workers entering them. Examples of enclosed areas include freezers, refrigerators, and rooms that present conditions hazardous to workers. The type of door and hardware used is left up to the employer.

The door must be kept in good working order and must be provided with a means of opening it from the inside. This is an obvious requirement for freezers and refrigerators. Enclosed areas that pose a hazard to workers also require doors that can be opened from the inside.