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Working Alone

Last updated: August 2019

Prepared by CCOHS

Listed below are sections of legislation which refer specifically to working alone. Situations requiring a safety watch or attendant may not be listed. For example, an attendant is often required for work in a confined space. Please see the Confined Space Entry list for more information.

Enforcement and interpretation of any legislation or codes may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Contact your local jurisdiction as listed in Canadian Governmental Occupational Health & Safety Departments (http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/information/govt.html). Legislation is amended from time to time and should be reviewed for the most current information about working alone.

This list is prepared by CCOHS as part of the Canadian enviroOSH Legislation service . This service is a comprehensive and easy to search compilation of the full text of Canadian health, safety and environmental legislation and critical guidelines and codes of practice from all jurisdictions. All the legislation is compiled into one convenient location and is regularly updated with amendments highlighted.

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Canada

As made under the Canada Labour Code, Part II, R.S.C. 1985, c. L-2,

Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, SOR/86-304

Part VIII, Electrical Safety

Section 8.8, Safety Watcher

Part XI, Confined Spaces

Section 11.5, Emergency Procedures and Equipment

Part XII, Protection Equipment and Other Preventive Measures

Section 12.15, Protection Against Drowning

Part XIII, Tools And Machinery

Section 13.16

Part XIV, Materials Handling

Division II, Maintenance Use and Operation

Section 14.25, Signals

As made under the Canada Shipping Act, S.C. 2001, c. 26

Safe Working Practices Regulations, C.R.C. 1978, c. 1467

Section 12

Section 31

Section 81, Pressure Vessels

Alberta

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. O-2

Occupational Health and Safety Code (2009)

Part 28, Working Alone

British Columbia

As made under the Workers Compensation Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 492,

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, B.C. Reg. 296/97

Part 4, General Conditions

Working alone or in isolation

Section 4.20.1, Definition

Section 4.20.2, Hazard identification, elimination and control

Section 4.21, Procedures

Section 4.22, Training

Section 4.22.1, Late night retail safety procedures and requirements

Section 4.22.2, Mandatory prepayment for fuel

Section 4.23, Annual Review

Part 8, Personal protective clothing and equipment

Section 8.28, Working Alone

Manitoba

As made under the Workplace Safety and Health Act, R.S.M. 1987, c. W210,

Workplace Safety and Health Regulation, Man. Reg. 217/2006

Part 9, Working alone or in isolation

Part 34, Explosives

Blasting Procedures

Section 34.12, Blaster not to work alone

Mining:

As made under the Workplace Safety and Health Act,

Operation of Mines Regulation, Man. Reg. 212/2011

Part 2, Duties of Employers, Supervisors and Workers

Section 2.6, Workers working alone

Part 4, General Workplace Requirements

Section 4.14, Exception re first aid kits

New Brunswick

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, A.N.B. 1983, c. O-0.2,

General Regulation - Occupational Health and Safety Act, N.B. Reg. 91-191

Part VII, Protective Equipment

Section 51

Part XXI, Logging and Silviculture Operations

Sections 351 and 352

Code of Practice for Working Alone Regulation - Occupational Health and Safety Act, N.B. Reg. 92-133

Mining:

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act,

Underground Mine Regulation - Occupational Health and Safety Act, N.B. Reg. 96-105

Part III, General Requirements

Section 17, Working alone

Newfoundland and Labrador

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.N.L. 1990, c. O-3,

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2012, N.L.R. 5/12

Part III, General Duties

Section 15, Working alone

Occupational Health and Safety First Aid Regulations, C.N.L.R. 1148/96

Section 4, Duties of employer

Section 12, Status of workers

Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Accord Implementation Newfoundland and Labrador Act, R.S.N.L. 1990, c. C-2,

Offshore Area Petroleum Geophysical Operations Newfoundland and Labrador Regulations, N.L.R. 16/97

Part III, Occupational Safety and Health

Section 18, Crew safety requirements

Northwest Territories

As made under the Safety Act, R.S.N.W.T. 1988, c. S-1,

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, R-039-2015

Part 3, General Duties

Section 33, Working alone or at isolated work site

Working Alone Code of Practice, Effective Sept. 30, 2016

Mining:

As made under the Mine Health and Safety Act, S.N.W.T, 1994, c. 25,

Mine Health and Safety Regulations, R-125-95

Part VIII, Personnel Safety

Division I, General

Section 8.09, Working Alone

Part XV, Exploration

Section 15.08

Nova Scotia

As made under the Safety Act, R.S.N.W.T. 1988, c. S-1,

Occupational Health and Safety First Aid Regulations, N.S. Reg. 155/96

Section 5, First aid certificates

Occupational Safety General Regulations N.S. Reg. 44/99

Part 3, Personal Protective Equipment

Section 14

Nunavut

As made under the Safety Act, R.S.N.W.T. 1988, c. S-1,

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, R-003-2016

Part 3, General Duties

Section 33, Working alone or at isolated work site

Working Alone Code of Practice

Mining:

As made under the Mine Health and Safety Act (Nunavut),

Mine Health and Safety Regulations, R-125-95

Part VIII, Personnel Safety

Division I, General

Section 8.09. Working Alone

Part XV, Exploration

Section 15.08

Ontario

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.1,

Construction Projects, O. Reg. 213/91

Part III, Excavations

Sections 224 - 225, Entry and Working Alone

Part IV, Tunnels, Shafts, Caissons and Cofferdams

Section 246, Working Alone and Entry

Mining:

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.1,

Mines and Mining Plants, R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 854

Part I, General

Section 16

Prince Edward Island

Occupational Health and Safety Act, S.P.E.I. 2004, c. 42

Section 9, Entry into isolated workplace

Occupational Health and Safety Act General Regulations, EC180/87

Part 53, Working Alone

Quebec

As made under the Act respecting occupational health and safety, C.Q.L.R. c. S-2.1,

Regulation respecting occupational health and safety, R.R.Q., c. S-2.1, r.19.01 O.C. 885-2001

Division XXVIII, Other High Risk Tasks

Section 322, Work performed in an isolated environment

Safety Code for the Construction Industry, R.R.Q. 1981, c. S-2.1, r. 6

Division III, Construction Sites

§ 3.22, Work in isolated locations

Section 3.22.1

As made under the Environment Quality Act, C.Q.L.R. c. Q-2,

Regulation respecting sanitary conditions in industrial or other camps, R.R.Q., c. Q-2, r.3

Section 1, Definitions

Mining:

As made under the Act respecting occupational health and safety, C.Q.L.R. c. S-2.1,

Regulation respecting occupational health and safety in mines, O.C. 213-93

Division II, General

Section 15

Division IV, Quality of the Work Environment

Section 85

Saskatchewan

As made under the Saskatchewan Employment Act, S.S. 2013, c. S-15.1,

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996, R.R.S., c. O-1, r. 1

Part III, General Duties

Section 35, Working alone or at isolated place of employment

Section 37.1, Safety measures - retail premises

Mining:

As made under As made under the Saskatchewan Employment Act, S.S. 2013, c. S-15.1,

Mines Regulations, 2018, c. S-15.1 Reg 8

Part V, General Safety Requirements

Section 5-8, Working alone

Section 5-9, Regular inspection of underground mine

Yukon

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.Y. 2002, c. 159,

Commercial Diving Regulations, O.I.C. 1986/164

Section 36, Surface - Supply Diving

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, O.I.C. 2006/178

Part 4, Hand Tools and Power Driven Portable Tools

Section 4.10, General requirements for chain saws