Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (SOR/2010-120)

Regulations are current to 2014-08-05 and last amended on 2012-12-07. Previous Versions

Use and Operation

  •  (1) A persons transfer apparatus on a vessel must not be used or operated in the following circumstances:

    • (a) with a load in excess of the load that it was designed and installed to move safely; or

    • (b) when the roll of the vessel is more than the maximum roll for the safe operation of the persons transfer apparatus recommended by the manufacturer.

  • (2) A persons transfer apparatus must not be used or placed in service while any safety device attached to it is inoperative.

  • (3) A safety device attached to a persons transfer apparatus must not be altered, interfered with or rendered inoperative.

  • (4) Subsections (2) and (3) do not apply in respect of a persons transfer apparatus or a safety device that is being inspected, tested, repaired or maintained by a qualified person.

  •  (1) A persons transfer apparatus must not be used to transfer freight unless the apparatus is specifically designed for freight and people or if there is an emergency.

  • (2) Every transfer of a person by means of a persons transfer apparatus must be made only when visibility and environmental conditions are such that the transfer can be made safely.

  • (3) If a person is transferred by means of a persons transfer apparatus to or from a place on a vessel or to or from a place off a vessel,

    • (a) the person in charge of the transfer operation must be in direct radio contact with the operator of the apparatus; and

    • (b) the person to be transferred must

      • (i) be instructed in the safety procedures to be followed by them,

      • (ii) wear a flotation suit if the conditions warrant, and

      • (iii) must use a life jacket or a personal flotation device unless, if for medical or emergency reasons, it is not practical to wear one.

  • (4) If a person is transferred by a basket to or from a drilling unit or an offshore production facility, the drilling unit or production facility must be equipped with at least two buoyant baskets.

Boatswain’s Chair

  •  (1) A boatswain’s chair must provide stable and adequate support for the user.

  • (2) A boatswain’s chair must be suspended from a parapet clamp, cornice hook, thrust-out beam or other solid anchorage having a working load limit that is at least equivalent to that of the suspension system for the boatswain’s chair.

 A boatswain’s chair must only be used when visibility and weather conditions permit its safe use.

Inspection and Testing

  •  (1) Every persons transfer apparatus must be inspected and found to be in serviceable condition before each use and all ropes, wires or other vital parts that show signs of significant wear must be replaced before the apparatus is used.

  • (2) Every persons transfer apparatus and every safety device attached to it must be inspected and tested by a qualified person to ascertain that the requirements referred to in section 131 are met

    • (a) before the persons transfer apparatus and any safety device attached to it are placed in service;

    • (b) after an alteration to the persons transfer apparatus or any safety device attached to it; and

    • (c) once every 12 months.

  • (3) A record of each inspection and test made in accordance with subsection (2) must

    • (a) be made and signed by the qualified person who made the inspection and performed the test;

    • (b) include the date of the inspection and test and the identification and location of the persons transfer apparatus and any safety devices that were inspected and tested;

    • (c) set out the observations of the qualified person on the safety of the apparatus and any safety device;

    • (d) be kept by the employer on the vessel on which the persons transfer apparatus is located for a period of two years after the day on which the inspection is signed; and

    • (e) be made readily available for examination by the operator of the apparatus.