OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 10 Fire and Explosion Hazards

Highlights

  • Section 162 prohibits a person from entering or working in a work area if the atmosphere contains more than 20 per cent of the lower explosive limit of a flammable or explosive substance.
  • Section 162.1 requires employers to ensure that locations are classified according to the classification method described in the CEC if a hazard assessment determines that the area is a “hazardous location” as defined in the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code.
  • Section 165 describes protective measures required in defined hazardous locations.
  • Section 166 places limits on where and how an internal combustion engine can be used. The employer is responsible for ensuring the limits are observed.
  • Section 169 lists requirements for, and limits on, the conditions under which hot work can be performed. The employer is responsible for ensuring the limits are observed.
  • Section 170 lists requirements applicable to hot tap work, including the requirement that hot tap procedures are written into a hot tap plan.
  • Section 170.1 describes requirements for spray operations.
  • Section 171.1 and 171.2 describe general welding requirements.
  • Sections 172 through 174 list requirements applicable to welding services that are provided from vehicles.