An acceptance provides for an alternative approach as long as it offers equal or greater protection to workers than the original requirements in the OHS Regulation or Code.

Alternatives may involve:

  • equipment
  • work processes
  • standards
  • requirements
  • substances
  • services
  • first aid services, supplies or equipment

Work site parties may apply for an acceptance from an OHS director. An acceptance is not an exemption to a specific requirement in the OHS legislation.


An approval allows an OHS director to approve a different approach to achieving compliance with specific OHS provisions or requirements.

This can include equipment or a process, standard, course or training agency, among other things, as specified by the OHS Act, Regulation or Code.

Approval may be requested for a variation from OHS requirements to have a health and safety committee or representative. For information or to apply, please see the guide and complete the self-evaluation tool.

The approval process for workplace first aid training is currently being updated. For more information, see first aid training.