Chief compliance officer decisions

What is a deviation?
In New Brunswick, the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act recognizes that not all specific instances and new work processes can be addressed in legislation. As such, the Act has a provision that allows an employer to apply to WorkSafeNB for permission to deviate from the existing standards and requirements. Applications for deviations, and the authority to review those applications, are made under subsection 3(3) of the Act. That subsection reads:

3(3) Where an employer applies, in writing, for an authorization to deviate from any provision of the regulations, the chief compliance officer may give permission in writing for that deviation under such terms and conditions as he shall consider advisable
 
(b) where no standards for granting deviations are prescribed by regulation, if he is satisfied that the deviation affords protection for the health and safety of employees equal to or greater than the protection prescribed by regulation.


How to request a deviation under the OHS Act
The process for requesting a deviation is simple and straightforward. The employer is required to make a written application for the deviation to the chief compliance officer. The application should contain an explanation on how the employer proposes to afford equal or greater protection to the health and safety of its employees. The chief compliance officer will review the specifics of the application and either grant or deny the request.

The chief compliance officer may require additional information as determined necessary for the specific application.

The time for processing an application depends on many variables and the complexity of the operation. As such, the employer should submit an application for deviation as early as possible with all necessary information to avoid delays.

The Chief Compliance Office can be contacted in writing at:

1 Portland Street 
P.O. Box 160
Saint John N.B., E2L 3X9


You can also contact by sending a fax to 506 738-4099 or by emailing the chief compliance officer at compliance.conformite@ws-ts.nb.ca.

Previous decisions on deviation requests

Please note:
Decisions are posted only in the language in which they were written.

Deviations are granted on a case by case basis. If you have similiar circumstances to a previous deviation listed here you must still request a deviation by applying in writing to the chief compliance officer.

A - Occupational Health and Safety Act 0-0.2
FA - First Aid Regulation 2004-130
G - General Regulation 91-191
M - Underground Mine Regulation 96-106
O - Other

 
Section Topic Status Date
A - Section 14 Joint Health and Safety Committee Denied 2009-9-24
A - Section 14 Joint Health and Safety Committee Denied 2008-12-3
A - Subsection 14(1) Joint Health and Safety Committee Granted 2004-6-10
A - Subsection 14(1) Joint Health and Safety Committee Denied 2006-12-11
A - Subsection 14(1) Joint Health and Safety Committee Denied 2006-7-28
A - Subsection 14(1) Joint Health and Saftety Committee Denied 2006-8-8
A - Paragraph 9(2)(a.1) Monthly Inspections Denied 2008-6-12
A - Paragraph 9(2)(a.1) Monthly Inspections Denied 2008-9-15
A - Subsections 14(1) and 17(2) Joint Health and Safety Committee Granted 2004-6-22
A - Subsections 14(1) and 17(2) Joint Health and Safety Committee Granted 2005-6-22
FA - Paragraph 12(2)(d) First Aid Room Granted 2006-1-18
FA - Paragraph 12(2)(d) First Aid Room Granted 2006-1-17
FA - Subsection 13(1) First Aid Location Granted 2004-7-5
FA - Section 3 Application of FA Regulation Denied 2005-6-17
FA - Section 3 Application of FA Regulation Not Required 2006-4-27
FA - Subsection 4(1) First Aid Room Denied 2005-8-11
FA - Subsection 4(1) First Aid Room Denied 2005-6-17
FA - Subsection 4(1) First Aid Room Denied 2005-5-5
FA - Subsection 4(1) First Aid Providers Not Required 2005-9-8
FA - Subsection 4(3) First Aid Requirement Not Required 2005-1-5
FA - Subsections 8(1) to (6) First Aid Training Granted 2010-10-4
FA - Paragraph 8(3)(c) First Aid Training Granted 2010-6-11
FA - Paragraph 8(3)(c) First Aid Training Granted 2008-7-15
FA - Paragraph 8(3)(c) First Aid Training Granted 2007-4-26
FA - Paragraph 8(3)(c) First Aid Training Granted 2007-6-26
FA - Subsection 8(6) First Aid Training Denied 2006-4-27
G - Section 106 Fall Protection Denied 2010-8-24
G - Paragraphs 115(1)(c) and 115(3)(a) Stairway Granted 2007-6-18
G - Subsection 115(3) Stairway Granted 2007-11-19
G - Subsection 115(3) Stairway Granted 2005-2-28
G - Paragraphs 115(3)(a) and 115(1)(e) Stairway Granted 2004-9-23
G - Paragraph 121(4)(b) Ladder Cages Not Required 2008-9-9
G - Subsection 131(3) Scaffold Granted 2008-3-13
G - Paragraph 136(1)(c) Scaffold Granted 2004-6-17
G - Paragraph 136(1) (c) Scaffold Granted 2004-10-8
G - Paragraph 136(1)(c) Scaffold Granted 2005-11-8
G - Paragraph 136(1)(c) Scaffold Granted 2005-5-13
G - Paragraph 136(1)(c) Scaffold Granted 2005-4-28
G - Paragraph 136(1)(c) Scaffold Granted 2007-1-12
G - Paragraph 136(1)(c) Scaffold Granted 2007-5-25
G - Paragraph 136(1)(c) Scaffold Granted 2010-8-23
G - Paragraph 136(1)(c) Scaffold Granted 2010-8-26
G - Paragraph 136(1)(c) Scaffold Granted 2005-8-11
G - Paragraph 136(1)(c) Scaffold Granted 2005-5-5
G - Paragraph 136(1)(c) Scaffold Granted 2006-7-19
G - Paragraph 136(1)(c) Scaffold Granted 2006-2-27
G - Paragraph 136(1)(c) Scaffold Granted 2006-6-22
G - Paragraph 136(1)(c) Scaffold Granted 2008-9-4
G - Paragraph 136(1)(c) Scaffold Granted 2008-8-7
G - Paragraph 136(1)(c) Scaffold Granted 2005-8-19
G - Paragraph 136(1)(c) Scaffold Granted 2010-8-25
G - Paragraph 136(1)(c) Scaffold Granted 2007-6-27
G - Paragraph 136(1)(c) Scaffold Not Required 2009-12-8
G - Paragraph 136(1)(c) Scaffold Granted 2009-8-21
G - Paragraph 136(1)(c) Scaffold Granted 2009-3-10
G - Paragraph 142(3)(b) Swing Stage Granted 2008-12-3
G - Subsections 147(1) and 148(1) Blasting Granted 2010-8-31
G - Subsections 147(1) and 148(1) Blasting Granted 2007-7-25
G - Subsections 147(1) and 148(1) Blasting Granted 2010-7-5
G - Subsections 147(1) and 148(1) Blasting Granted 2008-9-26
G - Subsections 147(1) and 148(1) Blasting Denied 2005-10-12
G - Subsection 147(1) and 148(1) Blasting Granted 2006-7-20
G - Subsections 147(1) and 148(1) Blasting Granted 2006-7-14
G - Subsections 147(1) and 148(1) Blasting Granted 2008-4-8
G - Subsections 147(1) and 148(1) Blasting Granted 2010-11-1
G - Subsections 147(1) and 148(1) Blasting Granted 2007-11-9
G - Subsections 147(1) and 148(1) Blasting Granted 2008-3-31
G - Subsection 147(1) Blasting Denied 2005-8-18
G - Subsections 153(1) and 153(2) Blasting Not Required 2004-12-22
G - Subsection 167(3) Blasting Not Required 2006-6-27
G - Paragraph 207(1)(b) Safety Hooks Not Required 2008-6-20
G - Paragraph 207(1)(b) Safety Hook Not Required 2009-6-4
G - Paragraph 207(2)(e) Safety Hook Not Required 2009-1-22
G - Paragraph 211(2)(e) Hoisting Granted 2007-12-3
G - Paragraphs 211(2)(e)(f) Hoisting Granted 2004-1-28
G - Paragraph 216(1)(g) Back-up Alarm Granted 2005-1-24
G - Paragraph 216(1)(g) Back-up Alarm Granted 2004-8-16
G - Subsection 216(6) Seatbelts Not Required 2006-4-26
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2004-1-19
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2004-1-13
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2004-7-23
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2004-11-23
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2004-10-20
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2004-10-20
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2004-3-16
G - Subsection 220(1) Rollover Protective Strutures Granted 2009-1-28
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2007-6-6
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2007-2-22
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2008-1-4
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2007-1-4
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2007-7-5
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2007-4-2
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2007-7-9
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2007-8-10
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2008-12-3
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2008-12-17
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2008-10-1
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2008-3-13
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2008-6-10
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2008-7-29
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2008-7-17
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2007-9-5
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2005-1-19
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2010-5-25
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2010-3-1
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2009-9-9
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2009-11-26
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2009-11-23
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2009-5-14
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2009-7-17
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2009-7-15
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2005-8-30
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2006-7-19
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2005-6-29
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2005-11-29
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2005-11-29
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2005-3-21
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2006-11-24
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2009-2-27
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2006-9-7
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2006-10-16
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2006-12-1
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2006-6-22
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2005-6-27
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Denied 2006-6-28
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2006-3-21
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2006-5-8
G - Subsection 220(3) Rollover Protective Structures Granted 2006-5-29
G - Paragraph 221(1)(a) Seatbelts Not Required 2005-5-16
G - Paragraph 224(f) Back-up Alarm Granted 2005-1-24
G - Sections 239 and 240 Lockout Not Required 2006-2-27
G - Subparagraphs 239(4)(b)(i)(ii) Lockout Granted 2007-5-30
G - Subparagraph 239(4)(b)(iii) Lockout Not required 2005-6-24
G - Paragraph 266(1)(c) Confined Space Granted 2004-4-30
G - Paragraph 266(1)(f) Confined Space Granted 2005-7-28
G - Subparagraph 266(1)(a)(iii) Confined Space Denied 2008-10-29
G - Paragraph 266(1)(d) Confined Space Not Required 2006-7-4
G - Paragraph 266(1)(f) Confined Space Denied 2008-8-8
G - Paragraph 266(1)(f) Confined Space Denied 2008-5-7
G - Paragraph 266(1)(f) Confined Space Denied 2008-9-16
G - Paragraph 266(1)(f) Confined Space Denied 2010-12-22
G - Paragraph 266(1)(f) Confined Space Denied 2010-1-27
G - Subsections 278(1) and (2) and paragraphs 279(1)(a) to 279(1)(b) Welding Granted 2008-4-11
G - Subsection 278(1) Welding Granted 2006-10-6
G - Subsection 278(1) Welding Granted 2006-12-11
G - Subsection 278(1) Welding Granted 2006-10-2
G - Subsection 278(1) Welding Granted 2006-10-31
G - Subsection 278(1) Welding Granted 2007-5-30
G - Subsection 278(1) Welding Granted 2007-10-22
G - Subsection 278(1) Welding Granted 2007-9-10
G - Subsections 278(1) and (2) Welding Denied 2008-4-9
G - Subsections 278(1) and 278(2) Welding Granted 2010-4-30
G - Subsections 278(1) and 278(2) Welding Granted 2010-3-3
G - Subsection 279(1) Welding Granted 2009-9-25
G - Paragraph 331(4)(b) Diving Granted 2009-10-9
G - Subsection 337(1) Diving Not Required 2006-7-19
G - Subsection 40(1) Hard Hats Denied 2004-6-28
G - Subsection 40(1) Hard Hats Denied 2004-4-21
G - Subsection 40(1) Hard Hats Granted 2010-4-14
G - Section 45 Respiratory Protection Denied 2006-6-28
G - Subsection 45(2) Respiratory Protection Not Required 2005-7-18
G - Subsection 49(3) Fall-Arresting System Not Required 2005-9-30
G - Subsection 49(3) Fall-Arresting System Not Required 2006-4-18
G - Paragraph 49(3)(b) Fall-Arresting System Granted 2004-8-16
G - Paragraph 49(3)(b) Fall-Arresting System Not Required 2005-12-19
G - Subparagraph 49(3)(c)(ii) Fall-Arresting System Granted 2009-2-19
G - Subsection 51(5) Life Jackets Granted 2005-1-5
G - Paragraph 51(1)(a) Life Jackets Granted 2010-6-29
G - Paragraph 51(1)(a) Life Jackets Granted 2005-9-14
G - Paragraph 51(1)(a) Life Jackets Granted 2005-6-10
G - Subsection 51(5) Life Jackets Granted 2009-7-17
G - Subsection 51(5) Life Jackets Granted 2009-3-16
G - Subsection 51(6) Life Ring Buoy Granted 2010-6-2
G - Subsection 51(6) Life Rings or Buoys Not Required 2005-8-5
G - Subsection 51.6(2) Self-Contained Respiratory Protective Equipment Not Required 2004-6-24
G - Paragraph 85(a) Guard Not Required 2009-1-15
G - Section 90 Compressed Air Granted 2004-4-26
G - Paragraph 97(1)(c) Guardrail Granted 2008-10-21
G - Subsection 97(2) Guardrail Denied 2007-10-22
G - Section 97(2) Guardrail Granted 2007-1-31
G - Subsections 97(1) and 97(2) Guardrails Denied 2009-12-11
G - Paragraph 97(1)(c) Guardrails Granted 2008-10-21
G - Paragraph 97(2)(a) Guardrails Granted 2005-5-30
G - Paragraphs 12(7)(a) and 12(7)(b) First Aid Training Agency Granted 2004-3-5
G - Paragraphs 12(7)(a) and 12(7)(b) First Aid Training Agency Granted 2004-3-5
G - Paragraph 228(a) and subsection 221(2) Additional Seat Not Required 2004-3-11
G - Paragraph 228(a) and subsection 221(2) Additional Seat Not Required 2004-3-15
G - Paragraphs 263(1)(a)(b)(c)(d)(e) and subparagraph 263(3)(a)(i) Confined Spaces Granted 2007-11-5
G - Subsections 97(1) and 97(2) Guardrails Denied 2010-2-3
M - Subsection 34(3) Mobile Equipment Granted 2009-5-15
M - Paragraphs 50(1)(b)(c) and subsection 50(2) Diesel Engine Granted 2007-9-12
M - Subsection 50(2) Diesel Engine Granted 2004-11-17
M - Section 89 Flashpoint Granted 2006-3-14
M - Section 89 Flashpoint Granted 2005-10-14
M - Paragraph 94(1)(a) Fire Suppression System Granted 2004-3-12
O - Section 21 Helmets Denied 2005-2-10


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