Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

Amendments to PEI’s Occupational Health and Safety General Regulations and Fall Protection Regulations

On March 6, 2021, sections of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) General Regulations and Fall Protection Regulations were amended to ensure they meet the requirements established in the National Occupational Health and Safety Reconciliation Agreement and to ensure that standards that are referenced in regulations are current.

What's changed?

Canadian Standards Association (CSA) & American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

Many of the CSA and ANSI standards referenced in the OHS General Regulations and Fall Protection Regulations are now updated to reflect the most current version.

CSA continues to allow free (viewable only) access to standards referenced in the regulations. Users can register for a username through CSA Group’s online Communities of Interest (COI) platform at http://community.csagroup.org. To purchase ANSI standards visit webstore.ansi.org.


OHS General Regulations - Part 2 – Toilet and Washing Facilities

Clarification has been provided with respect to when an employer must provide shower facilities and the specific requirements related to those facilities. (Part 2 – 2.6 (3, 4))

Clarification has been provided for the use of non-plumbed eyewash units if an employer determines they are a suitable option following a risk assessment. (Part 2 – 2.9)

As an employer, how does this impact my business?
Where there is a high risk of contamination of workers, as a result of hazardous substances, the obligation for an employer to supply and maintain adequate changing/showering facilities and eye washing equipment has not changed. However, the decision to provide these facilities is no longer at the sole discretion of an OHS Officer, but may be determined by the employer upon the completion of a risk assessment.

For assistance with performing a risk assessment, consult our Guide to Performing a Hazard Assessment.


OHS General Regulations – Part 45 – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

References to the CSA standards for PPE have been updated to reflect newer versions. Updated standards include:

  • Eye and face protection
  • Head protection
  • Foot protection
  • Hearing protection
  • Fall protection

Addition of Part 45 4.1 – Lifejacket - Personal Flotation Device
Additionally, life jackets and personal flotation devices are now included as PPE and must be worn when a risk of drowning is present. Lifejackets and personal flotation devices must be of a type that is approved by Transport Canada or an agency approved by Transport Canada. For more information on the requirements for PPE, view section 45 of the OHS General Regulations.

As an employer, how does this impact my business?
Employers, who currently have PPE or other equipment that meets a previous version of the CSA standard, can continue to use it provided the equipment is adequate and conforms to that standard as referenced in the previous regulations. Any PPE or equipment purchased after March 6, 2021, must comply with the new standards referenced.


OHS General Regulations – Part 33 - Powered Mobile Equipment

Responsibilities of employers and operators of powered mobile equipment, and the applicable CSA Standards, have been updated.

As an employer, how does this impact my business?
Employers are required to designate a worker to provide signals where the operator’s vision is obstructed. (Part 33.8)

Employers are required to designate and mark walkways for pedestrians around areas where powered mobile equipment is operated or use another effective method to ensure the safety of pedestrians in the work area. (Part 33.9)

Additionally, when inflating tires, employers must ensure proper tire pressure. Under or over inflated tires is a significant risk when working with heavy equipment. (Part 33.17)


OHS General Regulations – Part 9 - First Aid

First Aid Kits
Classification and size of first aid kits have changed to reflect those found in CSA Standard Z1220-17 – First Aid Kits for the Workplace. By harmonizing to the standard, workplace first aid kits will be part of a national system in reducing barriers to trade and labour mobility.

First aid kits are now classified as follows:
      Type 1: Personal first aid kit
      Type 2: Basic first aid kit (small, medium and large)
      Type 3: Intermediate first aid kit (small, medium and large)

As an employer, how does this impact my business?
An employer must determine the proper first aid kit classification for the work environment based on the results of a first aid risk assessment completed by a competent person. For additional factors to consider when performing this risk assessment refer to section 9.3(4) of the OHS General Regulations.

Employers have until March 6, 2022 to ensure their first aid kits are in compliance with the new standard. First Aid Kits that meet the requirements in the regulations prior to March 6, 2021 can continue to be used until March 6, 2022. If additional kits are being added or old kits replaced between now and 2022, they must conform to the new CSA standard.

First Aid Room
The list of required equipment for first aid rooms has been updated in Part 9.14 – First Aid Room.

As an employer, how does this impact my business? Workplaces that are required to provide a first aid room should review Part 9.14 (2) as the list of required equipment has been updated. Employers have until March 6, 2022 to be fully compliant with these new requirements.

Note - First aid training requirements remain unchanged.

Additional resources for employers will soon be made available on first aid risk assessment and kits.

Employers may access the updated OHS General Regulations and Fall Protection Regulations on our website at wcb.pe.ca.

If you have questions or concerns on the standards or regulations, reach out to our OHS Division at 902-368-5697 or 1-800-237-5049 for assistance.