As of July 1, 2016, all Ontario employers will be required to
comply with a new workplace noise Regulation under
the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
The new Regulation (381/15) replaces noise protection
requirements currently in the regulations for Industrial
Establishments, Mines and Mining Plants, and Oil and Gas-Offshore.
Those regulations apply to many – but not all
– Ontario employers.
The noise obligations will be new for employers with the
following types of workplaces:
health care facilities
The new Regulation's basic requirements are:
-Employers must take "all measures reasonably necessary in
the circumstances to protect workers from exposure to hazardous
-The noise-protection measures must
"include the provision and use of engineering controls, work
practices" and, where required (and permitted), hearing
general, every employer must ensure that "no worker is
exposed to a sound level greater than an equivalent sound exposure
level of 85 dBA, Lex,8" (as calculated according to
the Regulation) without requiring workers to wear hearing
-Hearing-protection devices are a secondary
(not primary) noise-protection solution and will be permitted
in only certain listed circumstances
-Employers must, where practicable, post a
warning sign at every approach to an area where the sound level
regularly exceeds 85
-Employers who provide hearing-protection
devices must provide appropriate hearing-protection training to
workers who use those devices.
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