This regulation prescribes the following chemical agents as designated substances: acrylonitrile, arsenic, asbestos, benzene, coke oven emissions, ethylene oxide, isocyanates, lead, mercury, silica, and vinyl chloride. A designated substances is a biological, chemical, or physical agent to which the exposure of a worker is prohibited, regulated, restricted, limited, or controlled.
This regulation defines a 'hazardous occupation' as the occupation of a person who works with asbestos, silica, coal dust or lead. It also lists notifiable diseases, including: asbestosis, mesothelioma, asbestos?induced lung cancer, asbestos?induced laryngeal cancer, and asbestos?induced gastrointestinal cancer.
The purpose of this regulation is to ensure the medical monitoring of workers who perform work in a mine where they are exposed to asbestos or silica, in order to prevent and screen for pulmonary diseases caused by those contaminants.
This regulation regulates the Saskatchewan mining and milling industry (e.g., uranium, potash, coal, diamonds, gold, base metals, and silica). It allows permitting and operation of "pollutant control facilities" at mine sites. It requires approval of decommissioning and reclamation plans before construction, alteration, or extension of mining sites.