Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (SOR/86-304)

Regulations are current to 2014-09-01 and last amended on 2014-05-29. Previous Versions

Emergency Lighting

  •  (1) Emergency lighting shall be provided to illuminate the following areas within buildings:

    • (a) exits and corridors;

    • (b) principal routes providing access to exits in open floor areas; and

    • (c) floor areas where employees normally congregate.

  • (2) Except in the case of a primary grain elevator in which hand-held lamps are used for emergency lighting, all emergency lighting provided in accordance with subsection (1) shall

    • (a) operate automatically in the event that the regular power supply to the building is interrupted;

    • (b) provide an average level of lighting of not less than 10 lx; and

    • (c) be independent of the regular power source.

  • (3) Where a generator is used as a power source for emergency lighting, the inspection, testing and maintenance of the generator shall be in accordance with the requirements referred to in section 6.7 of the National Fire Code, as amended from time to time.

  • (4) Where a central storage battery system is used as a power source for emergency lighting or where emergency lighting is provided by a self-contained emergency lighting unit, the battery system or the unit shall be tested

    • (a) monthly by hand; and

    • (b) annually under simulated power failure or electrical fault conditions.

  • (5) Where a battery, other than a hermetically sealed battery, is tested in accordance with paragraph (4)(a), the electrolyte level of the battery shall be checked and, if necessary, adjusted to the proper level.

  • (6) Where a self-contained emergency lighting unit is tested in accordance with paragraph (4)(b), all lamps forming part of the unit shall be operated for the time period set out in Sentence 3.2.7.3(2) of the National Building Code, as amended from time to time, that is applicable to the class of buildings to which the building in which the unit is installed belongs.

  • (7) Every employer shall make a record of the results of each test performed in accordance with subsection (3) or (4) and keep the record for two years after the test.

  • SOR/89-515, s. 1.

Minimum Levels of Lighting

  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) to (4), the level of lighting at any place at a task position or in an area that may be measured for the purposes of section 6.3 shall not be less than one third of the level of lighting prescribed by this Part for that task position or area.

  • (2) The level of lighting at any place at a task position or in an area set out in Column I of item 8 or 9 of Schedule III or Column I of item 1 of Schedule IV that may be measured for the purposes of section 6.3 shall not be less than one tenth of the level of lighting prescribed by this Part for that task position or area.

  • (3) The level of lighting at any place at a task position referred to in section 6.8 that may be measured for the purposes of section 6.3 shall not be less than one quarter of the level of lighting prescribed by this Part for that task position.

  • (4) In a building the construction of which is commenced after October 31, 1990, the level of emergency lighting at any place in an area referred to in subsection 6.10(1) that may be measured for the purposes of section 6.3 shall not be less than 0.25 lx.

  • SOR/89-515, s. 1.