On page 574 of the POCKET ONTARIO OH&S ACT& REGULATIONS Health Care-Reg67/93
Sub-rule (4)If the installation ,equipment or power line is operating at 300 volts or more but less than 750 volts ,a suitably equipped COMPETENT person who is able to perform rescue operations ,including cardiopulmonary resuscitation,shall be readily available and be able to see the worker who is performing the work
Sub-rule (6)Subsections (4),(5) do not apply to troubleshooting ,installing or replacing meters or testing of appliances or instruments by a worker who is an electrician who is certified under the Trades Qualification Act to do electrical work or a person with equivalent qualifications by training or experience
In the definitions section is says,
"competent person"means a person who,
(a)is qualified because of knowledge ,training and experience to organize the work and its performance
(b) is familiar with this Act and the regulations that apply to the work and
(c)has knowledge of any potential or actual danger to health or safety in the workplace
These rules allow competent workers to carry out electrical work as long as a CPR certified worker who is also competent on the performance of the job is present.
This does not apply to contractors who go into the field to perform electrical work only full time workers in employer owned buildings including public buildings
My particular workplace has been targeted as a dangerous workplace and we are visited by the MOL often.The inspectors have informed us that that the owner of an establishment may designate competent workers to perform electrical work in there building at there own risk in accordance with BILL C-45
Again the ESA inspectors can only report workplace issues to the MOL and cannot impose fines for worker Health and Safety
I dont agree with it either but should someone get hurt or killed under bill C-45 the supervisors,leadhands and anyone who directs work to be done can get life in jail for the death of a worker and ten years for injury.