OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 40 Utility Workers – Electrical

Section 800 Safe work practices for electric utilities and rural electrification associations

Subsection 800(1) Rules in the ECUC that apply

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act is the enabling legislation governing worker safety in Alberta. It is under the authority of the OHS Act that the OHS Regulation and OHS Code have been created. However, a number of worker safety rules have also historically appeared in the Alberta Electrical and Communication Utility Code (ECUC), under the authority of the Safety Codes Act. The ECUC, 2nd Edition, 2002, published by the Safety Codes Council, establishes minimum safety standards for the installation and maintenance of electrical and communication utility systems in Alberta.

When worker safety requirements are developed and administered outside of occupational health and safety legislation, confusion is created about which requirements apply and who is responsible for enforcement. Furthermore, workers become accustomed to referencing a particular regulation and are often unaware of rules in other regulations, rules that may be very important to their safety and well-being.

To end this potential confusion, the worker safety rules present in the ECUC have been transferred to the OHS Code. However, rather than reproduce the ECUC safety rules in the OHS Code, section 800 references the appropriate rules of the ECUC directly. Presented after the explanation to section 10 are the explanations of the referenced ECUC rules, which are now under the authority of the OHS Act and part of the OHS Code.

Subsection 800(2) Rules in the ECUC that do not apply

This subsection lists rules in section 4 of the ECUC that do not apply. Some of these rules are not relevant or have been replaced by requirements appearing in the OHS Code.