OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
Bookmark this page

Part 3 Specifications and Certifications

Section 12 Following specifications

The employer must ensure that equipment is adequate for the job. The equipment must be of sufficient size, strength, design and made of material that can withstand the stresses created during work. Whenever there is a question about how equipment is to be used, maintained, operated, etc., the answer should be found in the manufacturer’s specifications or specifications certified by a professional engineer.

The term “manufacturer’s specifications” is defined in the OHS Code and refers to written specifications, instructions or recommendations that describe how the equipment is to be used, maintained, operated, etc. Equally effective are specifications certified by a professional engineer, meaning that the specifications are signed and stamped by a professional engineer recognized by the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA). The author of the specifications, be it the manufacturer or a professional engineer, is considered to know the equipment best.

If an Occupational Health and Safety Officer is in doubt as to whether an employer is in compliance regarding the adequacy, performance or activity of an item of equipment, the officer may request a copy of the manufacturer’s specifications or specifications of a professional engineer. After reviewing the specifications, the officer should be able to reasonably judge whether the employer is in compliance with this section.