Legal And Regulation Essay, Research Paper
Legal and Regulation
Asbestos means any of the following fibrous silicates: actinolite, amosite, anthophyllite, chrysotle, crocidolite or tremolite; fibre means a fibre of asbestos that is more than five micrometres in length and less than three micrometres in width and that has a length to width ratio not less than three to one as viewed in a phase contrast optical microscope at for hundred to five hundred magnification; joint health and safety committee includes a joint health and safety committee includes a joint health and safety committee established under section 9 of the Act, a committee of like nature and the workers or their representatives who participate in an arrangement, program or system conforming to subsection 9 (4) of the Act.
Regulation applies, to every employer operating a mine or mining plant for the purpose of mining, crushing, grinding or sifting asbestos and to those workers of such an employer who are likely to inhale or ingest asbestos; to every employer processing, adapting or using asbestos in connection with the manufacturing or assembling of goods or products and to those workers of such an employer who are likely to inhale or ingest asbestos; and to every employer, engaged in the repair, alteration or maintenance of machinery, equipment, aircraft, ships, locomotives, railway cars and vehicles and to those workers of such an employer who are likely to inhale or ingest asbestos, engaged in work on a building that is necessarily incidental to the repair, alteration or maintenance of machinery or equipment and those workers of such an employer who are likely to inhale or ingest asbestos. An employer to whom this Regulation applies shall take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances to ensure that every worker who is not an employer and who works in the workplace of the employer is protected and every worker shall comply with the requirements of the employer.
Every employer to who this Regulation applies shall cause an assessment to be made in writing of the exposure of likelihood of exposure of a worker to the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos. In causing the assessment to be made, the employer shall consider and take into account such matter as, the methods and procedures used or to be used in the processing mining, use, handling or storage of asbestos; the extent and potential extent of the exposure of a worker to the inhalation for ingestion of asbestos; and the measures and procedures necessary to control such exposure by means of engineering controls, work practice and hygiene practices ands facilities.
A respirator provided by an employer and used by a worker in a Type 1, Type 2 or Type 3 operation,
the measures and procedures apply to Type 1 operations: before beginning work, visible dust shall be removed with a damp clothe or a vacuum equipped with a help filter from any surface in the area, including the thin to be worked on, if the dust on that surface is likely to be disturbed. The spread of asbestos dust from the work area shall be controlled by measures appropriate to the work to be done including the use of drop sheets of polyethylene or other suitable material. In the case of an operation mentioned in subclause, the product shall be wetted unless wetting creates a hazard or causes damage. Frequency and regular intervals during the doing of the work and immediately upon completion of the work, dust and waste containing asbestos shall be cleaned up and removed using a vacuum equipped with a hepa filter, or by damp mopping or wet sweeping and placed in container, drop sheets that will be reused shall cleaned using a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter or by damp wiping, and drop sheets that are to be disposed of shall be wetted and folder to contain the dust and placed in a container. Compressed air shall not be used to clean up and remove dust from any surface. Eating, drinking, chewing or smoking shall not be permitted in the work area. Where a worker requests that the employer provide a respirator to be used by the worker, the employer shall provide the worker with a none-powered reusable or replaceable air purifying dust respirator suitable for protection against asbestos and the worker shall wear and use the respirator. Facilities for their washing of hands and face shall be made available to a worker and shall be used by every worker when leaving the work area.
The measures and procedures apply to Type 2 and to Type 3 operations: a wetting agent shall be added to water tat is to be used to control the spread of asbestos dust. Eating, drinking, chewing or smoking shall not be permitted in the work area. Containers for dust and waste containing asbestos shall be, dust tight, suitable for the type of waste, impervious to asbestos, identified as containing asbestos waste. Cleaned with a damp clothe or a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter immediately before being remove from the work area, and remove from the workplace frequently and at regular intervals. The employer shall provide every worker who will enter the work area with respiratory protective equipment and the worker shall wear and use the equipment. Protective clothing shall be provided by and employer and worn by every worker who enters the work area and the protective clothing, shall be made of a material which does not readily retain nor permit penetration of asbestos fibres, shall consist of full body covering including head covering which snug fitting cuffs at the wrists, ankles and neck, shall include suitable footwear, shall be repaired or replaced if torn. Compressed air shall not be used to clean up and remove asbestos dust from any surface. Only persons wearing protective clothing and equipment shall enter a work area where there is an asbestos dust hazard.