Prevention Policies Directory

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We've listed 32 policies under your selection of . The most recently adopted policies are first.

Off-Road Compression-Ignition Engine Emission Regulations, SOR/2005-32

Location: Canada-wide
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended: 2012
Year of adoption: 2005
The purpose of this regulation is to (a) reduce emissions of hydrocarbons, oxides of nitrogen, particulate matter, and carbon monoxide from engines by establishing emission limits for those substances or combinations of those substances;(b) reduce emissions of the toxic substances formaldehyde, 1,3-butadiene, acetaldehyde, acrolein, and benzene through the establishment of emission limits for hydrocarbons from engines; and (c) establish emission standards and test procedures for engines that are aligned with those of the EPA.

Edmonton Green Building Policy C567

Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures, UV and ionizing radiation
Policy intervention:
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2012
This policy supports the design, construction, operation and retrofitting of high performance green buildings to improve a variety of factors that impact the environment and health, including indoor air quality.

Marine Spark-Ignition Engine, Vessel and Off-Road Recreational Vehicle Emission Regulations, SOR/2011-10

Location: Canada-wide
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended: 2018
Year of adoption: 2011
The purpose of this regulation is to reduce emissions of hydrocarbons, oxides of nitrogen, and carbon monoxide as well as emissions of toxic substances (formaldehyde, 1,3-butadiene, acetaldehyde, acrolein, and benzene) by establishing emission limits for hydrocarbons from engines, vessels, and vehicles; and establish emission standards and test procedures for engines, vessels and vehicles that are aligned with those of the EPA.

On-Road Vehicle and Engine Emission Regulations, SOR/2003-2

Location: Canada-wide
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended: 2018
Year of adoption: 2003
The purpose of this regulation is to (a) reduce emissions of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, formaldehyde and particulate matter from on-road vehicles and engines by establishing emission limits for those substances; (b) reduce emissions of the toxic substances 1-3 butadiene, acetaldehyde, acrolein, and benzene through the establishment of emission limits for hydrocarbons from on-road vehicles and engines; and (c) establish emission standards and test procedures for on-road vehicles and engines that are aligned with those of the EPA.

Fees Regulations, NS Reg 176/2015

Location: Nova Scotia
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended: 2016
Year of adoption: 2015
This regulation includes the industrial air emission fees for facilities in Nova Scotia for emissions of substances such as: particulate matter, cobalt, nickel, benzene, dichloromethane, ethylbenzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, etc.

Health Hazard Regulations, RRS c P-37.1 Reg 10

Location: Saskatchewan
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures, UV and ionizing radiation
Policy intervention: Artificial UVR, Indoor tanning, Ultraviolet Radiation
Year last amended: 2015
Year of adoption: 2002

Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 423 (Bylaw No. 1293- 2008) – Environmental Reporting and Disclosure

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended: 2011
Year of adoption: 2010

Chapter 423 of the Toronto Municipal Code was adopted by Bylaw 1293-2008 and requires certain facilities to report their use of certain substances such as 1,3-butadiene, lead and vinyl chloride, as defined by Schedule A, to the Medical Officer of Health. The report must include calculations on the quantity of the substance being manufactured, processed, used and released to the environment.

Off-Road Small Spark-Ignition Engine Emission Regulations, SOR/2003-355

Location: Canada-wide
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended: 2012
Year of adoption: 2003

The purpose of this regulations is to reduce emissions of hydrocarbons and other toxic substances and establish emission limits for these substances from engines.  

General, O Reg 455/09 under the Toxics Reduction Act

Location: Ontario
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended: 2017
Year of adoption: 2009

This regulation details requirements for toxic substance reduction plans.

Toxics Reduction Act, 2009, SO 2009, c 19

Location: Ontario
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended: 2017
Year of adoption: 2009

This Act is a framework for toxics reduction action by facilities. It requires they track and quantify toxics used and created, develop plans to reduce toxics, and report to government.

REPEALED Fees Regulations, NS Reg 68/2013

Location: Nova Scotia
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2013
This regulation includes the industrial air emission fees for facilities in Nova Scotia for emissions of substances such as: particulate matter, cobalt, nickel, benzene, dichloromethane, ethylbenzene, formaldehyde, naphthalene, styrene, trichloroethylene, etc.

REPEALED Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993, SS 1993, c O-1.1

Location: Saskatchewan
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 1993

This Act requires workers and employers to identify and prevent/reduce exposure to occupational health and safety hazards. Employers cannot handle, use, store, produce, distribute, or dispose of 11 chemicals or mixtures containing more than 1% of them without permission and following special rules [Table 19 for section 305(1), Occupational Health & Safety Regulation]. Exposure to another set of substances should be prevented and/or seriously limited [Table 20, for section 306 of the Regulation].

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, SC 1999, c 33

Location: Canada-wide
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended: 2017
Year of adoption: 1999

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act establishes procedures to manage and control toxic substances in Canada. It allows regulations about toxic substances to be written. It is an Act that ensures pollution prevention and the protection of the environment and human health in order to contribute to sustainable development is respected.

Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals Regulations, SOR/2012-69

Location: Canada-wide
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended: 2017
Year of adoption: 2012

This regulation aims at controlling emissions of pollutants from vessels in waters under Canadian jurisdiction and Canadian vessels everywhere. The regulation contains specific provisions for management of oil, noxious liquid substances and dangerous chemicals and requirements to control emissions of ozone-depleting substances from vessels.

REPEALED Environment Act and Regulations Fees Regulations, NS Reg 132/2008

Location: Nova Scotia
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2008
This regulation includes the industrial air emission fees for facilities in Nova Scotia for emissions of substances such as: particulate matter, cobalt, nickel, benzene, dichloromethane, ethylbenzene, formaldehyde, naphthalene, styrene, trichloroethylene, etc.

Air Pollution – Local Air Quality, O Reg 419/05

Location: Ontario
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures, UV and ionizing radiation
Policy intervention:
Year last amended: 2019
Year of adoption: 2005

This regulation imposes air standards for contaminants that are assessed using air dispersion models and/or ambient monitoring.

REPEALED Chemical Hazards Regulation, Alta Reg 393/1988

Location: Alberta
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 1988

This regulation refers to exposure mechanisms and limits for workers exposed to chemical hazards.

Occupational Health Regulations, YOIC 1986D/164

Location: Yukon
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures, UV and ionizing radiation
Policy intervention: Artificial UVR, Welding, Ultraviolet Radiation
Year last amended: 2004
Year of adoption: 1986

This regulation sets out the occupational health and safety regulation parameters for the Yukon Territory. This includes: ventilation, air quality, asbestos control, radon gas, and other chemical hazards.

Hazardous Substances and Waste Dangerous Goods Regulations, RRS c E-10.2 Reg 3

Location: Saskatchewan
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended: 2004
Year of adoption: 1989

This regulation outlines the designation of hazardous substances, and the characterization of such substances, which include corrosive, environmentally persistent, or chronic hazardous substances.

Building Code, O Reg 332/12

Location: Ontario
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures, UV and ionizing radiation
Policy intervention: Artificial UVR, Welding, Ultraviolet Radiation
Year last amended: 2018
Year of adoption: 2012

REPEALED Environment Act and Regulations Fees Regulations, NS Reg 182/2007

Location: Nova Scotia
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2007
This regulation includes the industrial air emission fees for facilities in Nova Scotia for emissions of substances such as: particulate matter, cobalt, nickel, benzene, dichloromethane, ethylbenzene, formaldehyde, naphthalene, styrene, trichloroethylene, etc.

General – Waste Management, RRO 1990, Reg 347

Location: Ontario
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures, UV and ionizing radiation
Policy intervention:
Year last amended: 2017
Year of adoption: 1990

This regulation outlines the identification, management and disposal of hazardous products (e.g. asbestos, pesticides).

REPEALED Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, RRS c O-1 Reg 1

Location: Saskatchewan
Risk factor: Nutrition, Occupational and environmental exposures, UV and ionizing radiation
Policy intervention: Artificial UVR, Eye protection, Welding, Drinking water, Food provision, Nutrition, Ultraviolet Radiation
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 1984

This regulation requires employers to protect the health and safety of their workers by: (1) warning employers exposed to asbestos of the health risks of asbestos exposure; (2) acquiring permission to manufacture, use, store or distribute substances such as vinyl chloride; (3) ensuring that the stipulated contamination limits for substances such as 4,4-D are met in any area where workers are normally present. 

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, Nu Reg 003-2016

Location: Nunavut
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures, UV and ionizing radiation
Policy intervention: Artificial UVR, Eye protection, Protective clothing, Welding, Ultraviolet Radiation
Year last amended:
Year of adoption: 2016

Occupational Health and Safety Code 2009 Order, Alta Reg 87/2009

Location: Alberta
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures
Policy intervention:
Year last amended: 2019
Year of adoption: 2009
This Order adopts the Occupational Health and Safety Code for Alberta under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. It requires that a employers ensure that a worker’s exposure to any substance listed does not exceed its occupational exposure limits.

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996, RRS c O-1.1 Reg 1

Location: Saskatchewan
Risk factor: Occupational and environmental exposures, Tobacco use, UV and ionizing radiation
Policy intervention: Artificial UVR, Eye protection, Protective clothing, Welding, Occupational health and safety, Smoke-free place, Smokeless tobacco, Tobacco products, Tobacco smoke, Tobacco, Ultraviolet Radiation
Year last amended: 2017
Year of adoption: 1996