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What do I need to apply for an OH&S regulations variance?

In a nutshell, as an employer, you'll need to prove to us that

  • your workplace is exceptional in some way that our regulations do not address; and
  • you can still ensure the full safety and well being of your workers at a level equal to or greater than that in the regulations. 

To request a variance, you must provide in writing:

  • a detailed hazard assessment of the proposed work process;
  • a risk assessment of the proposed work process and how it compares to the protection provided by existing regulations;
  • an outline of alternate control measures considered other than the proposed measures included in the Application for Variance; and
  • a plan outlining how workers will be trained and supervised under the proposed work process.

Our OH&S Director may also require, at the employer’s expense, written evidence from a professional engineer, safety professional, hygienist or an expert in the related industry or occupation, that the requested work process equals or exceeds protection for the health and safety of workers provided for in existing OH&S regulations.


If you have any questions about applying for an OH&S regulation variance, please call us at (867) 667-5645 or 1-800-661-0443, and ask for the Director of OH&S.