Safe Working Practices Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1467)

Regulations are current to 2019-06-20 and last amended on 2007-07-01. Previous Versions

Lifting Appliances and other Equipment (continued)

  •  (1) Mobile equipment shall be fitted with guards to protect the operator of the equipment from falling objects or shifting loads, unless the nature of the operation of the equipment makes the fitting of such guards impracticable.

  • (2) No person shall leave mobile equipment unattended unless the equipment has been properly secured to prevent its movement.

 The moving parts of the machinery of power operated equipment shall be fitted with guards where such parts constitute a hazard.

 Every deck of a ship, every wharf and every other elevated working area on which mobile equipment is used shall be fitted with guards that will prevent the equipment from falling over the sides of the working area.

  •  (1) Every enclosed working area in which equipment powered by an internal combustion engine is used shall be ventilated to ensure that the carbon monoxide concentration in the atmosphere of the working area does not exceed 50 parts per million.

  • (2) No person shall operate equipment powered by an internal combustion engine in an enclosed working area unless there is at least one other person in attendance at the entrance to that working area.

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall refuel equipment

    • (a) in the hold of a ship;

    • (b) when its engine is running; or

    • (c) when there is any source of ignition in the vicinity of the equipment.

  • (2) Equipment in a hold or an enclosed space of a ship may be refuelled if

    • (a) only those persons engaged in the refuelling are in the hold or space;

    • (b) one person in attendance has a suitable fire extinguisher ready for use;

    • (c) only the minimum quantity of fuel needed to operate each unit is taken into the hold or space at one time;

    • (d) in the case of liquefied gas, refuelling of the equipment is to be achieved only by the replacement of spent cylinders; and

    • (e) fuel is not transferred into containers other than the fuel tank.

 Powered mobile equipment shall be fitted with

  • (a) an effective audible warning device; and

  • (b) sufficient lights to maintain safe working conditions when operated in darkness or a dimly lighted working area.

Holds, Tanks and other Compartments

  •  (1) When not in use, every hatch or other opening that leads to a hold, tank or other compartment exceeding 1.5 m in depth shall be securely covered or fenced to a height of 900 mm unless the opening is fitted with a coaming of not less than 760 mm in height.

  • (2) Every opening in a deck or tank top that leads to a hold, tank or other compartment not exceeding 1.5 m in depth shall be covered, fenced or marked in such manner as necessary to prevent loss of life or injury to persons.

  • SOR/79-632, s. 1
  •  (1) Hatch beams, covers and plugs shall be permanently marked to indicate the deck, hatch and hatch section to which they belong, unless the interchangeability of the beams, covers or plugs makes the application of such markings unnecessary.

  • (2) Where a hatch beam, cover or plug is marked as required by subsection (1), it shall only be fitted in the deck, hatch and hatch section as indicated by the markings thereon.

  •  (1) When a hatch beam, cover or plug is removed from a hatch it shall be placed clear of all working areas and securely stowed.

  • (2) Any hatch beam, cover or plug that cannot be securely stowed between decks shall be taken to the upper deck, placed clear of all working areas and securely stowed.

 Any person who is between decks shall stand clear of an overhead opening when a hatch beam, cover or plug is being removed or replaced at the hatch.

 A tarpaulin or similar hatch covering shall not be spread over a hatch opening unless all hatch beams, covers and plugs for the hatch are securely fitted in place.

  •  (1) No person shall enter a pump room, cofferdam, ballast tank, oil tank or similar compartment unless he is wearing a breathing apparatus.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply

    • (a) where a compartment referred to in subsection (1) has not contained a substance that vaporizes to produce a hazardous or dangerous gas and the compartment has been ventilated to the satisfaction of a qualified person, or

    • (b) where the compartment has contained a substance that vaporizes to produce a hazardous or dangerous gas and the compartment has been gas freed and has, subsequently, been tested

      • (i) by a marine chemist, or

      • (ii) where a marine chemist is not available, by a qualified person, trained in the use of gas testing equipment, who has at least three years experience of which a minimum of 150 working hours has been gained under proper supervision in the testing and inspection of tanks,

      and found safe for persons to enter and for the work to be performed therein.

  • (3) A certificate or statement shall be completed for every compartment that has been ventilated or tested as required by subsection (2), and such certificate or statement shall

    • (a) be available for the information of any person entering the compartment;

    • (b) indicate

      • (i) the name of the ship in which the compartment is located,

      • (ii) any special precaution that is to be observed, and

      • (iii) any subsequent tests that are, in the opinion of the marine chemist or qualified person, required to maintain the safe condition of the compartment; and

    • (c) be signed by the person responsible for the ventilation or testing of the compartment.

  • (4) Where a compartment has been ventilated or gas freed as required by subsection (2), effective ventilation shall be continued in order to maintain the safe condition for the period that persons are to be inside the compartment.

  • 1987, c. 7, s. 84(F)
  •  (1) No person shall enter or remain in a cofferdam, ballast tank, oil tank or any similar compartment unless there is another person in attendance at the compartment entrance.

  • (2) Every person who is in attendance at an entrance to a compartment referred to in subsection (1) shall, except where an emergency occurs with respect to the person inside the compartment, remain in attendance until the person inside leaves the compartment.

 Before a hold, tank or other compartment is sealed, the person in charge of the working area shall ascertain that no person is inside the compartment.

Fire Prevention and Protection

  •  (1) In any working area where flammable gas, vapour or dust is present in the atmosphere, no person shall use

    • (a) any electrical equipment or fittings that are not gas-tight; or

    • (b) any equipment or materials that are spark-producing.

  • (2) No person shall take spark-producing materials into a hold, tank or other compartment that contains flammable gas, vapour or dust.

 Whenever hot work is to be performed in a working area

  • (a) a qualified person shall be assigned to patrol the working area and adjoining areas and maintain therein a fire protection watch for the duration of the work and for a period of 30 minutes thereafter; and

  • (b) sufficient fire extinguishers shall be provided in the working area and adjoining areas.

 Oxygen shall not be used

  • (a) for ventilation purposes;

  • (b) as a pressure testing medium;

  • (c) to blow out pipelines;

  • (d) to operate pneumatic equipment;

  • (e) to start internal combustion engines; or

  • (f) to clean working areas, equipment or other articles.

 
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