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

Regulations are current to 2016-11-21 and last amended on 2016-06-14. Previous Versions

Fuelling

 Where motorized materials handling equipment is fuelled in a work place, a qualified person shall do the fuelling in accordance with procedures referred to in subsection 14.23(1) in a place that is well ventilated so that the vapours from the fuel will be dissipated quickly.

  • SOR/96-400, s. 1.

Ropes, Slings and Chains

  •  (1) The employer shall, with respect to the use and maintenance of any rope, sling or chain or any attachment or fitting thereon used by an employee, adopt and implement the recommendations set out in Chapter 10 of the Accident Prevention Manual for Business and Industry, 10th edition, published by the National Safety Council of the United States, dated 1992.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to ropes, slings or chains or to any attachments or fittings thereon that comply with the requirements of the Tackle Regulations.

  • SOR/96-400, s. 1.

Safe Working Loads

  •  (1) Motorized or manual materials handling equipment shall be legibly marked with sufficient information so as to enable the operator to determine its safe working load.

  • (2) No motorized or manual materials handling equipment shall be used with a load that exceeds its safe working load.

  • SOR/96-400, s. 1.

Aisles and Corridors

  •  (1) An employer shall provide a clearly marked pathway for the exclusive use of pedestrians and persons using wheelchairs and other similar devices that is not less than 750 mm wide along one side of an aisle, corridor or other course of travel that is found in a work place and that

    • (a) is a principal traffic route for mobile equipment, pedestrians and persons using wheelchairs and other similar devices; and

    • (b) exceeds 15 m in length.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply where a signaller or traffic lights are provided for the purpose of controlling traffic and protecting persons.

  • (3) Where an aisle, corridor or other course of travel that is a principal traffic route in a work place intersects with another route, an employer shall cause warning signs marked with the words “DANGEROUS INTERSECTION — CROISEMENT DANGEREUX”, in letters not less than 50 mm in height on a contrasting background, to be posted along the approaches to the intersection.

  • (4) At blind corners, mirrors shall be installed that permit a mobile equipment operator to see a pedestrian, a person using a wheelchair or other similar device, a vehicle or mobile equipment approaching the blind corner.

  • SOR/96-400, s. 1;
  • SOR/96-525, s. 15.

Clearances

  •  (1) In any passageway that is regularly travelled by motorized or manual materials handling equipment, the employer shall ensure that

    • (a) an overhead clearance is at least 150 mm above

      • (i) that part of the materials handling equipment or its load that is the highest when the materials handling equipment is in its highest normal operating position at the point of clearance, and

      • (ii) the top of the head of the operator or any other employee required to ride on the materials handling equipment when occupying the highest normal position for the operator or employee at the point of clearance; and

    • (b) a side clearance is sufficiently wide to permit the motorized or manual materials handling equipment and its load to be manoeuvred safely by an operator, but in no case less than 150 mm on each side measured from the furthest projecting part of the equipment or its load, when the equipment is being operated in a normal manner.

  • (2) Where an overhead clearance measured in accordance with subparagraph (l)(a)(i) or (ii) is less than 300 mm, the employer shall cause

    • (a) the top of the doorway or object that restricts the clearance to be marked with a distinguishing colour or mark; and

    • (b) the height of the passageway in metres to be shown near the top of the passageway in letters that are not less than 50 mm in height and are on a contrasting background.

  • (3) Subparagraph (l)(a)(i) and subsection (2) do not apply in respect of

    • (a) motorized materials handling equipment whose course of travel is controlled by fixed rails or guides;

    • (b) that portion of the route of any motorized or manual materials handling equipment that is inside a railway car, truck or trailer truck, including the warehouse doorway leading directly to it; or

    • (c) a load the nature of which precludes compliance with that subparagraph or subsection if precautions are taken to prevent contact with objects that may restrict the movement of the equipment.

  • SOR/88-632, s. 68(F);
  • SOR/96-400, s. 1.

DIVISION IIIManual Handling of Materials

  •  (1) Where, because of the weight, size, shape, toxicity or other characteristic of materials, goods or things, the manual handling of materials, goods or things may be hazardous to the health or safety of an employee, the employer shall issue instructions that the materials, goods or things shall, where reasonably practicable, not be handled manually.

  • (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), the employer shall take into account the frequency and duration of manual lifting and the distances and terrain over which an object is to be manually lifted or carried in deciding whether the manual handling of the materials, goods or things may be hazardous to the health or safety of an employee.

  • SOR/96-400, s. 1;
  • SOR/2002-208, ss. 29(E), 39.

 No employer shall require an employee who is an office worker and whose primary tasks do not include manual lifting or carrying to manually lift or carry materials, goods or things in excess of 23 kg.

  • SOR/96-400, s. 1.

 Where an employee is required manually to lift or carry loads weighing in excess of 10 kg, the employer shall instruct and train the employee

  • (a) in a safe method of lifting and carrying the loads that will minimize the stress on the body; and

  • (b) in a work procedure appropriate to the employee’s physical condition and the conditions of the work place.

  • SOR/96-400, s. 1.

 Where an employee is required manually to lift or carry loads weighing in excess of 45 kg, the employer shall give instructions to the employee in accordance with section 14.48 that are

  • (a) set out in writing;

  • (b) readily available to the employee; and

  • (c) kept by the employer for a period of two years after they cease to apply.

  • SOR/88-632, s. 69(F);
  • SOR/96-400, s. 1.

DIVISION IVStorage of Materials

  •  (1) All materials, goods and things shall be stored in the work place in such a manner that the maximum safe load carrying capacity of the floor or other supporting structures is not exceeded.

  • (2) All materials, goods or things shall be stored and placed in such a manner that employees are not required manually to lift materials, goods or things in a manner that would lead to overextension of or excessive strain on the body.

  • (3) All materials, goods or things shall be stored in a manner so that

    • (a) light in the storage area is not reduced below the levels required by Part VI;

    • (b) there is no obstruction or encroachment of passageways, traffic lanes or exits;

    • (c) the safe operation of motorized or manual materials handling equipment is not impeded;

    • (d) the ready access to or the operation of fire fighting equipment is not obstructed;

    • (e) the operation of fixed fire protection equipment is not interfered with; and

    • (f) there is no risk to the health or safety of any employee.

  • SOR/96-400, s. 1;
  • SOR/2002-208, s. 39.

DIVISION VTransitional Provisions

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (3), motorized materials handling equipment that is in use at the time this amendment comes into force, and that meets the requirements of this Part as it read immediately before the coming into force of this amendment, is exempt from having to comply with the amendment as long as the motorized materials handling equipment continues to meet those requirements.

  • (2) Subject to subsection (3), motorized or manual materials handling equipment that is in use at the time an amendment to a standard or code incorporated by subsection 14.6(1) or 14.8(2) or section 14.18 or 14.19 comes into force and that complies with the standard or code as it read immediately before the coming into force of the amendment, is exempt from having to comply with the amendment as long as the motorized or manual materials handling equipment continues to meet that standard or code.

  • (3) An employer shall ensure that, wherever reasonably practicable, equipment referred to in

    • (a) subsection (1) meets the requirements of subsection 14.3(3) or 14.6(2), section 14.10, 14.11 or 14.13 or paragraph 14.16(1)(b); and

    • (b) subsection (2) complies with an amendment referred to in that subsection.

  • (4) If it is not reasonably practicable for materials handling equipment in use at the time an amendment referred to in subsection (1) or (2) comes into force to comply with the amendment, the employer whose employees use the equipment shall notify the work place committee or the health and safety representative of the non-compliance.

  • SOR/96-400, s. 1;
  • SOR/2002-208, s. 30.
 
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