Important to know

Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code requires:

What’s new

Summary of changes to the 2019 manual

Definitions: Errors and inconsistencies with OHS legislation corrected and language simplified to improve clarity

Chapter 1: Reorganization of information and rewording to improve clarity

Chapter 2: Minor changes to improve clarity of language

Chapter 3: Significant changes, including updates to information on:

  • Federal asbestos legislation (Prohibition of Asbestos and Asbestos Products Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act)
  • Alberta Building Code (2014)
  • OHS Act changes, including work site party roles and responsibilities and other key changes, such as joint work site health and safety committees
  • OHS Code requirements to clarify language, address inconsistencies and expand information provided (recommendations for health assessments, requirements to address violence and harassment, updates to Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System requirements)

Chapter 4: Minor changes to improve clarity of language and elements of a management plan

Chapter 5: Asbestos abatement procedures (sections 5.2, 5.3 and 5.4):

  • Simplification of language, rewording or addition of information to improve clarity
  • Reorganization of steps to improve flow and clarity
  • Updates to recommendations for air monitoring and clearance criteria

Special cases (section 5.5):

  • Simplification of language or rewording to improve clarity
  • New section on procedures for “mechanical abatement” (circumstances where a structure has been destroyed)
  • New section on disposal of asbestos waste which includes recommendations for packaging, transportation and landfilling processes
  • Removal of content for sampling protocols (moved to Chapter 7)

Chapter 6: Minor changes to improve clarity of language

Chapter 7: Sampling and analysis:

  • Simplification of language or rewording to improve clarity
  • Add and update section on bulk sampling formerly in Chapter 5
  • Addition of recommendations related to the use of composite samples (bulk sampling)
  • Add and update sections on wipe sampling and vermiculite sampling formerly in Chapter 5
  • Addition of criteria for when area sampling (air monitoring) may be considered
  • New section on polarized light microscopy and point counting methods
  • New content in introduction to section on proficiency testing speaking to responsibilities of laboratories (service providers)
  • Updates to proficiency testing information

Chapter 8: Other health and safety considerations:

  • Simplification of language or rewording to improve clarity
  • New section on housekeeping

Chapter 9: Roles and competency profiles for work site parties streamlines and updated to reflect revisions to the OHS Act

Links to external resources have been updated or removed, as appropriate (some links were no longer active).

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