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Sections 4.8, Conventional health and safety and 4.8.1, General considerations

Conventional health and safety

The conventional health and safety SCA covers the implementation of a program to manage workplace safety hazards and to protect workers.

This section addresses the requirements of paragraph 21(1)(a) of the NSCA and of the following regulations made under the NSCA:

·       General Nuclear Safety and Control Regulations, subsection 12(1), section 17, and paragraphs 29(1)(d), (h) and (I)

·       Class I Nuclear Facilities Regulations, paragraphs 3(e), (f) and (h)

It also addresses the requirements of the Canada Labour Code Part II, and the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations or the applicable provincial occupational health and safety legislation.

General considerations

The application should describe the program and implementation of policies to minimize risk to the health and safety of workers posed by conventional (non-radiological) hazards in the workplace, including the management of workplace safety hazards and the protection of personnel and equipment.

The applicant should demonstrate that the occupational health and safety (OHS) program meets the requirements set out in all applicable provincial and federal legislation. The application should demonstrate how it ensures that all workers, including contractors, comply with the applicant's health and safety policies and procedures.

The application should demonstrate that the applicant has policies in place to:

·       adequately execute the worker health and safety policies and procedures

·       make adequate provision for the protection of the health and safety of persons, including provisions to:

·       demonstrate adequate oversight of the site OHS program

·       ensure compliance with applicable OHS regulations and requirements

·       ensure adequate OHS training of persons involved in OHS activities

·       have the capabilities for reporting, investigating and identifying root causes of incidents and significant events

·       implement corrective actions to eliminate the identified root causes and verify completion to prevent recurrence

The application should demonstrate how it identifies potential OHS hazards, assesses the associated risks, and puts in place the necessary materials, equipment, programs and measures to effectively manage, control and minimize those risks. The applicant should demonstrate that the handling and storing of hazardous materials complies with the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) program.

The application's description of the health and safety program should address periodic inspections, safety meetings, OHS committees and continuous improvement.

The application should describe the measures for monitoring accident severity rate, accident frequency, lost-time injuries, medically treated injuries and disabling injuries.

For more information, see REGDOC-2.8.1, Conventional Health and Safety [34].

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