Health and Safety Committee

Q - How does the WPHSC inspect restricted access areas in the work place? (e.g. Enforcement)

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The following sections of the Canada Labour Code (CLC) Part II state:

Specific duties of employer

125. (1) Without restricting the generality of section 124, every employer shall, in respect of every work place controlled by the employer and, in respect of every work activity carried out by an employee in a work place that is not controlled by the employer, to the extent that the employer controls the activity,

(a) ensure that all permanent and temporary buildings and structures meet the prescribed standards;
...(i) provide prescribed sanitary and personal facilities;
...(n) ensure that the levels of ventilation, lighting, temperature, humidity, sound and vibration are in accordance with prescribed standards;
...(o) comply with prescribed standards relating to fire safety and emergency measures;
...(p) ensure, in the prescribed manner, that employees have safe entry to, exit from and occupancy of the work place;
...(t) ensure that the machinery, equipment and tools used by the employees in the course of their employment meet prescribed health, safety and ergonomic standards and are safe under all conditions of their intended use;
...(u) ensure that the work place, work spaces and procedures meet prescribed ergonomic standards;
...(z.12) ensure that the work place committee or the health and safety representative inspects each month all or part of the work place, so that every part of the work place is inspected at least once each year;

A - Therefore, when these restricted access areas are to be inspected, the WPHSC will have to make special arrangements to access them.  Dealing with the manager responsible for the area is usually the best option.