BILL NO. 18
2nd Session, 60th General Assembly
56 Elizabeth II, 2007
Private Member's Bill
Occupational Health and Safety Act
First Reading: November 26, 2007
This Bill amends the Occupational Health and Safety Act to require safety procedures for employees who work alone or in isolation and additional protections for such employees who work in late-night retail premises such as gasoline stations or convenience stores.
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
1 Chapter 7 of the Acts of 1996, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, is amended by adding immediately after Section 13, the following Sections:
(3) Before assigning an employee to work alone or to work in isolation, an employer shall take measures to eliminate any identified hazard and, where it is not practicable to eliminate the hazard, to minimize the risk from the hazard.
(4) For the purpose of minimizing the risk from a hazard in accordance with subsection (3), the employer shall use engineering controls, administrative controls or a combination of engineering controls and administrative controls to reduce the risk to the lowest level practicable.
(6) The employer of an employee assigned to work alone or to work in isolation shall ensure that the employee and any person designated to contact the employee under the procedure implemented pursuant to subsection (5) are trained in the procedure.
(2) In addition to an employer's obligations under Section 13A, before an employee is assigned to work alone or to work in isolation during late-night hours at late-night retail premises where there is any risk of harm to the employee from violent acts, the employer
(4) An employer of any employees assigned to work alone or to work in isolation at late-night retail premises referred to in subclause (1)(b)(i) shall ensure that during late-night hours customers are required to pay for gasoline or diesel oil before it is provided to them.
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