The presence of mould in any work environment presents a serious health and safety risk to employees, supervisors, and anyone else exposed to the contaminated environment. The government of Canada recognizes this concern and as a result has enacted a series of regulations regarding the safe removal of mould as well as workplace practices to prevent mould from developing. Here is some more information about workplace mould legislation in Canada.
Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act
The Alberta Occupation Health and Safety Act, also referred to as the Alberta OHS Act, is the legislation in place to protect the health and safety of workers across the province. The Alberta OHS Act has sections that outline the responsibilities of workers and supervisors in maintaining a safe work environment, as well as guidelines concerning equipment handling and mandatory safety training.
Part 4, Section 43.1 of the Alberta OHS Act deals specifically with controlling mould exposure in the workplace. There are three type of mould controls (listed from most to least extreme): engineering, administrative, and protective equipment. Depending on the severity of the contamination and the associated health risks, one of these three mould control strategies must be implemented. The Alberta OHS Act gives a detailed description of these different responses as well as guidelines for safe mould assessment and removal.
Mould Management Guidelines
In addition to the Alberta OHS Act, there are a number of governmental guidelines for dealing with an outbreak of mould. These guidelines have been compiled by experts from various building authorities such as Health Canada and the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Environmental and Occupational Health (CEOH).
Health Canada has composed a number of guides for dealing with mould in workplace environments, including the Indoor Air Quality in Office Buildings: A Technical Guide (Revised Edition 1995) and Fungal Contamination in Public Buildings: Health Effects and Investigation Methods (2004). These guides, which continue to be updated by public health researchers, are valuable references for workers and workplace managers.
It’s important to know about Canadian legislation regarding mould so your workplace can manage any potential contamination swiftly and safety. For more information about mould and for high-quality mould inspection and remediation services, contact us today at Certified Asbestos Removal.