All contractors hired to work on the Town of Orangeville's property must follow the contractor health and safety requirements. Please review the Contractor Occupational Health and Safety Package for a complete description of the requirements.

Steps for contractors to follow

The following are the Town's minimum expectations regarding the health and safety standards to be followed by contractors, subcontractors and their personnel. This is not intended to be a complete statement of the contractor's legal obligations under applicable laws.

Before beginning work

Prior to commencing any work, contractors must deliver the complete Contactor Occupational Health and Safety Package as follows:

  • Contractor's Health and Safety Acknowledgement and Safety Checklist
  • Workers Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) clearance number or certificate and proof of liability insurance
  • copy of your health and safety program or complete the Health and Safety Work Plan found in the Contactor Health and Safety Package
  • copies of all legislated and relevant health and safety training/qualification certificates for all workers who are working on site (this includes general health and safety training as well as hazard specific training certificates)

You are not authorized to commence work until we've received your completed package.

Submission

You can submit this package by email or drop it off to the Town Hall located at 87 Broadway.

Pre-project safety review

On request by the Town of Orangeville, you must attend a pre-project safety review with the Town's designated representative. The purpose of the review is to organize the work and discuss the safety aspects of the project.

A pre-project safety review is required for all projects such as, but not limited to:

  • utility modifications
  • electrical and plumbing work
  • projects using ladders (over 3 metres), scaffolds, work platforms, suspended platforms and scaffolds , Boatswain's chairs or elevating work platforms
  • confined space entry
  • use of chemicals
  • remediation of mould or asbestos, or work in proximity to asbestos
  • work with any designated substance or any area where there is a designated substance
  • welding or hot work

The purpose of the meeting is to identify potential health and safety concerns. All safety concerns must be discussed and resolved prior to the work beginning.

Please note

Contractors retained for routine maintenance that includes several projects over a long-term period are only required to attend one pre-project safety review annually.

On arrival to begin work

All contractor personnel assigned to perform work will sign in or notify the Town contact identified in the bid documents prior to work at the designated sign-in area. In the case of ongoing scheduled work in the Town that is off-site, the contractor will provide a schedule of work planned, and notify the supervisor of the Town division responsible when they are beginning and ending work via phone or email.

The contractor will take all necessary steps to protect Town employees, workers and the general public and property during the course of the project by cordoning off the work area with barriers and signs that will prevent Town employees and the public from entering the work site.

Ongoing requirements of the contract

The contractor must conduct daily safety inspections of the work area, and identify and correct hazards. The contractor must immediately notify the Ministry of Labour, the designated Town contact person and the Town's Health and Safety Officer of any critical injury on the project. All other accidents and injuries must be reported to the designated Town contact person within 48 hours.

Specific safety requirements

Depending on the nature of the work, you may need to follow these specific safety requirements.

Hazardous chemicals

Contractors must provide proof that their employees and other personnel, as applicable, have updated Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) training if the work being done to fulfill the contract involves chemicals or paints. The contractor must follow requirements of the WHMIS regulation including safe chemical:

  • use
  • handling
  • storage
  • disposal

Contractors must inform the designated Town contact person of hazardous substances brought on to Town property, including providing the most current Material Safety Data Sheet/Safety Data Sheet for each substance (this sheet will be provided by the chemical supplier).

The contractor must consult with the designated Town contact person on how and where they will be permitted to use hazardous materials prior to the material being used. All spills and leaks of hazardous chemicals must be immediately reported to the Town's contact person.

Designated substances

The Town will provide the contractor with a list of designated substances present at the project site prior to the contract being signed. The contractor will provide each prospective subcontractor with a list of designated substances that are present at the project site prior to the contractor or subcontractor entering into a contract.

Asbestos

Only contractors certified in asbestos work area allowed to work in areas of the Town where asbestos is located. A contractor hired to perform a Type 3 asbestos removal will notify the Ministry of Labour orally and in writing before beginning the work. Contractors will follow the requirements under the Town's Asbestos Management Program.

Confined space entry

The contractor must comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations regarding confined space entry. Employees and other personnel of the contractor are not authorized to enter confined spaces on the Town's property unless specifically required by the service or construction contract and they have been trained in confined space entry. The designated Town contact person must be notified prior to a contractor entering a confined space on Town property.

Work at elevated locations

All contractor employees and other personnel must use fall protection equipment in accordance with the OHSA and its regulations, when working at elevated heights. Contract workers must not use fall protection equipment unless they can show in writing that they have attended fall-arrest training. All contractors must comply with the OHSA regulations regarding:

  • scaffolds
  • work platforms
  • elevating work platforms
  • guardrails
  • protective coverings

Working with ladders

All contractors working with ladders must comply with the OHSA regulations and applicable CSA standards.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Contractors are required to comply with the OHSA regulations and applicable CSA standards regarding PPE. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • head protection
  • eye protection
  • foot protection
  • skin protection (gloves and protective clothing)
  • hearing protection
  • respiratory protection
  • fall arrest protection

Contractors must provide their employees and other personnel with the necessary PPE to do the work in a healthy and safe manner and to comply with the OHSA regulations. Contractor employees and other personnel assigned to perform work must be trained in the use of PPE. It is the responsibility of the contractor to see that their employees and other personnel use PPE.

Electrical safety

Only contractors who are certified electricians have the right to work on electrical equipment at the Town. Contractors working with electrical equipment or devices must follow the requirements of the Electrical Safety Code and the OHSA regulations. All electrical projects must be completed with an Electrical Safety Authority Inspection and Certificate.

Mould

If mould or suspicion of mould is discovered during any contract work at the Town, it must be reported immediately to the Town's designated contact person. Mould removal can only be performed by contractors trained in proper mould abatement procedures, using Ontario guidelines and other applicable legislation.

Compliance with legislation

All contractors and their subcontractors and personnel must comply with applicable municipal, provincial and federal regulatory requirements and appropriate Town policies and procedures, including, but not limited to: