General Regulation 91-191 – Legislative amendments and regulatory review

General Regulation 91-191 is undergoing numerous legislative changes in 2022 that will enhance health and safety in New Brunswick workplaces. Due to the broad range of topics, the proposed changes will be implemented in three phases. The period to provide input for each phase has been extended to eight weeks from the standard four weeks.

Phase I was open to the public for feedback from Jan. 17-March 14, 2022. Phase II and Phase III will take place over the coming months. For topics and anticipated dates, see information below. 

New and updated resources will published on this page as they become available.

Frequently Asked Questions 

We expect these regulatory amendments will improve workplace conditions and lead to a strong safe work culture in New Brunswick, resulting in fewer workplace illnesses and injuries. We believe that together, we can make New Brunswick the safest place to work.

WorkSafeNB believes that awareness and education are key in achieving healthy and safe workplaces in New Brunswick. Our prevention team is committed to working closely with provincial employers to help them achieve compliance with the amended regulations for the six months after they are enacted. During this time, infractions will be assessed and enforced on a case-by-case basis.

Multi-phase Review 

Phase I of the public review of General Regulation 91-191 closed March 14, 2022. Regulatory amendments impact the following areas:

  • Working with materials containing asbestos (updated resources coming soon)
  • Updating occupational exposure limits to 2016 levels
  • Air quality and ventilation requirements (updated resources coming soon)
  • Logging and silviculture (updated resources coming soon)

Phase II (September 2022)

  • Confined space
  • Lockout for piping
  • Excavation
  • Large construction equipment standard updates
  • Welding
  • Laboratory safety
  • Electrical safety
 

 

Phase III (Jan. 1, 2023)

  • Explosives
  • Hearing loss prevention
  • Laser radiation
  • Portable compressed gas containers
  • Lighting
  • Emergency eyewash and shower requirements
  • Ladders
  • Personal protective equipment

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