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

Regulations are current to 2016-09-18 and last amended on 2016-06-14. Previous Versions

Hazardous Waste

  •  (1) If a hazardous product in the work place is hazardous waste, the employer shall disclose the generic name and hazard information in respect of the hazardous product by

    • (a) applying a label to the hazardous waste or its container; or

    • (b) posting a sign in a conspicuous place near the hazardous waste or its container.

  • (2) The employer shall provide education and training to employees regarding the safe storage and handling of hazardous waste that is found in the work place.

  • SOR/88-68, s. 12;
  • SOR/94-263, s. 42;
  • SOR/96-294, s. 2;
  • SOR/2002-208, s. 43(F);
  • SOR/2016-141, s. 19.

Information Required in a Medical Emergency

 For the purposes of subsection 125.2(1) of the Act, a medical professional is a registered nurse registered or licensed under the laws of a province.

  • SOR/96-294, s. 2.

Fire and Explosion Prevention

  •  (1) [Repealed, SOR/98-427, s. 9]

  • (2) For the purpose of interpreting the standards referred to in sections 10.46 to 10.49,

    • (a) [Repealed, SOR/2000-374, s. 4]

    • (b) dangerous goods means hazardous products used in these Regulations; and

    • (c) in respect of a hazardous product classified under the Hazardous Products Regulations,

      • (i) flammable liquids means flammable liquids used in these Regulations,

      • (ii) combustible liquids means combustible liquids used in these Regulations,

      • (iii) compressed gases means compressed gases used in these Regulations,

      • (iv) reactive substances means reactive flammable materials used in these Regulations,

      • (v) aerosol products means flammable aerosols used in these Regulations,

      • (vi) poisonous and infectious substances means poisonous and infectious materials used in these Regulations,

      • (vii) corrosive substances" means corrosive materials used in these Regulations, and

      • (viii) oxidizing substances means oxidizing materials used in these Regulations.

  • SOR/96-294, s. 2;
  • SOR/98-427, s. 9;
  • SOR/2000-374, s. 4;
  • SOR/2016-141, s. 20.

 Hazardous products shall be stored in accordance with subsections 3.2.7, 3.2.8, 3.2.9 and 3.3.4 of the National Fire Code.

  • SOR/96-294, s. 2;
  • SOR/2000-374, s. 5;
  • SOR/2016-141, s. 20.

 Flammable aerosols shall be stored in accordance with subsection 3.2.5 of the National Fire Code.

  • SOR/96-294, s. 2;
  • SOR/2000-374, s. 5.

 The provisions of Part 3 of the National Fire Code apply as follows:

  • (a) compressed gases shall be stored and handled in accordance with subsections 3.2.8 and 3.3.5;

  • (b) reactive flammable materials shall be stored and handled in accordance with subsections 3.2.7 and 3.3.4;

  • (c) poisonous and infectious materials shall be stored and handled in accordance with subsections 3.2.7, 3.2.8 and 3.3.4;

  • (d) corrosive materials shall be stored and handled in accordance with subsections 3.2.7, 3.2.8 and 3.3.4; and

  • (e) oxidizing materials shall be stored and handled in accordance with subsections 3.2.7, 3.2.8 and 3.3.4.

  • SOR/96-294, s. 2;
  • SOR/2000-374, s. 5.

 The provisions of Part 4 of the National Fire Code apply as follows:

  • (a) areas used for the storage, handling and use of flammable liquids and combustible liquids shall meet the standards set out in subsection 4.1.5, with the exception of article 4.1.5.6;

  • (b) the drainage and disposal of flammable liquids and combustible liquids shall be in accordance with subsection 4.1.6;

  • (c) flammable liquids and combustible liquids shall be stored in storage tanks meeting the standards set out in subsection 4.1.8;

  • (d) maintenance and operating procedures shall be established to prevent the escape of flammable liquids and combustible liquids, as required by subsection 4.1.6;

  • (e) general container storage and handling of flammable liquids and combustible liquids shall be in accordance with subsections 4.2.1 to 4.2.8, with the exception of paragraph 4.2.8.4(d);

  • (f) rooms used for container storage of flammable liquids and combustible liquids shall conform with subsection 4.2.9, with the exception of article 4.2.9.3;

  • (g) cabinets used for container storage of flammable liquids and combustible liquids shall conform with subsection 4.2.10;

  • (h) outdoor container storage of flammable liquids and combustible liquids shall be in accordance with subsection 4.2.11;

  • (i) storage tanks for flammable liquids and combustible liquids shall conform with section 4.3, with the exception of paragraph 4.3.13.1(1)(d), articles 4.3.13.5 and 4.3.15.2 and sentences 4.3.16.1(3) and (4);

  • (j) piping and transfer systems for flammable liquids and combustible liquids shall conform with section 4.4, with the exception of articles 4.4.6.2, 4.4.11.1 and 4.4.11.2; and

  • (k) flammable liquid and combustible liquid installations on piers and wharves shall conform with section 4.7, with the exception of article 4.7.10.2.

  • SOR/96-294, s. 2;
  • SOR/2000-374, s. 5;
  • SOR/2011-206, s. 4(E).

PART XIConfined Spaces

Interpretation

 In this Part,

class of confined spaces

class of confined spaces means a group of at least two confined spaces that are likely, by reason of their similarity, to present the same hazards to persons entering, exiting or occupying them; (catégorie d’espaces clos)

confined space

confined space means an enclosed or partially enclosed space that

  • (a) is not designed or intended for human occupancy except for the purpose of performing work,

  • (b) has restricted means of access and egress, and

  • (c) may become hazardous to any person entering it owing to

    • (i) its design, construction, location or atmosphere,

    • (ii) the materials or substances in it, or

    • (iii) any other conditions relating to it; (espace clos)

hot work

hot work means any work where flame is used or a source of ignition may be produced. (travail à chaud)

  • SOR/88-68, s. 14;
  • SOR/88-632, s. 48(F);
  • SOR/92-544, s. 1;
  • SOR/95-286, s. 1(E).

Hazard Assessment

  •  (1) Where it is likely that a person will, in order to perform work for an employer, enter a confined space and an assessment pursuant to this subsection has not been carried out in respect of the confined space, or in respect of the class of confined spaces to which it belongs, the employer shall appoint a qualified person

    • (a) to carry out an assessment of the physical and chemical hazards to which the person is likely to be exposed in the confined space or the class of confined spaces; and

    • (b) to specify the tests that are necessary to determine whether the person would be likely to be exposed to any of the hazards identified pursuant to paragraph (a).

  • (2) The qualified person referred to in subsection (1) shall, in a signed and dated report to the employer, record the findings of the assessment carried out pursuant to paragraph (1)(a).

  • (3) The employer shall make a copy of any report made pursuant to subsection (2) available to the work place committee or the health and safety representative.

  • (4) Subject to subsection (5), the report made pursuant to subsection (2) shall be reviewed by a qualified person at least once every three years to ensure that its assessment of the hazards with which it is concerned is still accurate.

  • (5) If a confined space has not been entered in the three years preceding the time when the report referred to in subsection (4) should have been reviewed and no entry is scheduled, the report need not be reviewed until it becomes likely that a person will, in order to perform work for an employer, enter the confined space.

  • SOR/88-68, s. 14;
  • SOR/88-632, s. 49(F);
  • SOR/92-544, s. 1;
  • SOR/95-286, s. 2(F);
  • SOR/2002-208, s. 23.
 
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