Best Practice - Temporary Steps to the Basement
As a result of the Ontario Concrete & Drain Contractors Association's efforts in promoting safety, along with the MOL's recognition of the need for proper temporary steps to the basements of homes during construction, the Ministry of Labour officially announced back in October 2008 at the Low Rise Residential Labour/Management Health and Safety Committee meeting that it would begin enforcing temporary steps to the basement.
They have concluded the decision was based on the following:
- O.Reg.213/91,S.71, which states "Adequate meansm of egress shall be provided from a work area to permit the evacuation of workers during an emergency."
- Section 17, which deals with the Contractors Emergency Procedures and the posting of these procedures.
- From the Act 25.2, "The employer shall ensure that... take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker".
The Ministry has resolved that these sections in the Occupational Heath and Safety Act satisfy the need to enforce temporary steps to basements and that they have addressed the OCDCA's safety concerns which focused on the need for Emergency Egress and Ergonomic concerns of bringing tools and machinery to and from the basement.
The Accredited Ontario Concrete & Drain Contractors Association, which represents the interests of our sector's Members and Independents and the livelihood of a workforce of roughly 1000 employees, would like to thank the Ministry of Labour for the ongoing proactive, safety operational position in the enforcement of temporary steps to the basement on construction sites!