Hazard Control Documentation Requirements - what you need to provide prior to inspection
Does your site require hazard control documentation?
The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation and Workers Compensation Act contain legal requirements for workplace health and safety that must be met by all workplaces, including Technical Safety BC.
In order to comply with these requirements,Technical Safety BC employees will not enter a site that is known or suspected to have any of the following issues until the duty holder (owner or contractor) provides hazard control documentation from a qualified individual declaring the site safe:
- hazardous materials or respiratory hazards (such as asbestos, lead, silica, mould)
- toxic gases (such as ammonia or chlorine)
- biological hazards (such as hantavirus or blood pathogens)
Technical Safety BC employees will not enter any sites that require a self-contained breathing apparatus including sites that have any of the following:
- particulate causing respiratory hazards due to fire damage
- disturbed friable asbestos
Starting points for finding qualified individuals:
- WorkSafeBC: www.worksafebc.com
- OHS consultants for hazard training: OHS Training BC
- Associations focused on the specific hazard that may be present at your site
Examples the hazard control documentation that may be required:
- Safety data sheets (SDS)
- Asbestos exposure control plans or asbestos inventories
- Hazardous materials surveys / assessments
- Confined space entry plans
Hazard control documentation is required in OHS Regulation 20.112 and these reports must be prepared by a qualified individual.
Technical Safety BC employees will not shut off, lockout/de-energize, or operate client equipment, machinery or systems. These actions need to be performed by the duty holder or a qualified individual. Regulatory requirements for lockout and de-energization are found under Part 10 of WSBC OSHR.
The following resources provide further information regarding OHS regulation, the Workers Compensation Act, and the requirements that Technical Safety BC must comply with:
- Asbestos: Frequently Asked Questions (For Homeowners)
- Ten Simple Steps to Complying with Asbestos Abatement
- Video: Asbestos Hazards in Renovations, Restorations, and Demolition
If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.