March 25, 2019

Public Asked for Feedback On Harmonizing Regulations for Personal Protective Equipment

The Government of Saskatchewan is asking for feedback on suggested regulatory changes intended to harmonize standards for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required under Occupational Health and Safety regulations.

Saskatchewan, along with federal, provincial and territorial governments throughout Canada, have agreed to align regulatory requirements in a variety of areas including occupational health and safety.  The proposed changes are intended to harmonize the regulatory standards for use of PPE including:

  • Eye and face protection;
  • Head protection;
  • Foot protection;
  • Hearing protection;
  • Personal flotation devices; and
  • First aid kits.

The ministers responsible for labour legislation signed a National Occupational Health and Safety Reconciliation Agreement on January 30, 2019.  The goal of this agreement is to simplify regulatory requirements for organizations, allowing them to work more seamlessly across multiple jurisdictions without compromising health and safety protections for workers.

To review the changes being recommended in Saskatchewan and submit your feedback, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/Government/Public-Consultations/Harmonization-of-Personal-Protection-Equipment-Requirements.  Written submissions can be sent by May 15, 2019 via email to labourlegislationLRWS@gov.sk.ca or by mail to Public Engagement: OHS Harmonization, Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, 300 – 1870 Albert Street, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4P 4W1.