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

Regulations are current to 2014-04-02 and last amended on 2013-12-12. Previous Versions

Safety Watcher

  •  (1) Where an employee is working on or near live electrical equipment and, because of the nature of the work or the condition or location of the work place, it is necessary for the safety of the employee that the work be observed by a person not engaged in the work, the employer shall appoint a safety watcher

    • (a) to warn all employees in the work place of the hazard; and

    • (b) to ensure that all safety precautions and procedures are complied with.

  • (2) A safety watcher shall be

    • (a) informed of his duties as a safety watcher and of the hazard involved in the work;

    • (b) trained and instructed in the procedures to follow in the event of an emergency;

    • (c) authorized to stop immediately any part of the work that he considers dangerous; and

    • (d) free of any other duties that might interfere with his duties as a safety watcher.

  • (3) For the purposes of subsection (1), an employer may appoint himself as a safety watcher.

Coordination of Work

 Where an employee is working on or in connection with electrical equipment, that employee and every other person who is so working, including every safety watcher, shall be fully informed by the employer with respect to the safe coordination of their work.

Poles and Elevated Structures

  •  (1) Before an employee climbs a pole or elevated structure that is used to support electrical equipment, the employer shall give instructions and training to the employee respecting inspections and tests of the pole or structure to be carried out before the pole or structure is climbed.

  • (2) Where, as a result of an inspection or test of a pole or elevated structure referred to in subsection (1), it appears to an employee that the pole or structure will be safe for climbing only when temporary supports have been installed, pike-poles alone shall not be used for such supports.

  • (3) No employee shall work on any pole or elevated structure referred to in subsection (1) unless he has been instructed and trained in the rescue of employees who may be injured in the course of the work.

 Every pole or elevated structure that is embedded in the ground and is used to support electrical equipment shall meet the standards set out in

  • (a) CSA Standard CAN3-015-M83, Wood Utility Poles and Reinforcing Studs, dated January, 1983; or

  • (b) CSA Standard A14-M1979, Concrete Poles, the English version of which is dated September 1979 and the French version of which is dated November 1987.

  • SOR/94-263, s. 18.

Isolation of Electrical Equipment

  •  (1) Before an employee isolates electrical equipment or changes or terminates the isolation of electrical equipment, the employer shall issue written instructions with respect to the procedures to be followed for the safe performance of that work.

  • (2) The instructions referred to in subsection (1) shall be signed by the employer and shall specify

    • (a) the date and hour when the instructions are issued;

    • (b) the date and hour of the commencement and of the termination of the period during which the instructions are to be followed;

    • (c) the name of the employee to whom the instructions are issued; and

    • (d) where the instructions are in respect of the operation of a control device that affects the isolation of the electrical equipment,

      • (i) the device to which the instructions apply, and

      • (ii) where applicable, the correct sequence of procedures.

  • (3) A copy of the instructions referred to in subsection (1) shall be shown and explained to the employee.

  • (4) The instructions referred to in subsection (1) shall be kept readily available for examination by employees for the period referred to in paragraph (2)(b) and thereafter shall be kept by the employer for a period of one year at his place of business nearest to the work place in which the electrical equipment is located.

  • SOR/88-632, s. 19((F).