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

Regulations are current to 2014-06-12 and last amended on 2014-05-29. Previous Versions

 Subject to section 9.21, where a toilet room is provided and the work environment of employees is such that their health is likely to be endangered by a hazardous substance coming into contact with their skin, the employer shall provide a wash room with individual wash basins supplied with cold water and hot water that meets the requirements of section 9.18 as follows:

  • (a) where the number of those employees does not exceed five, one wash basin;

  • (b) where the number of those employees exceeds five but does not exceed 10, two wash basins;

  • (c) where the number of those employees exceeds 10 but does not exceed 15, three wash basins;

  • (d) where the number of those employees exceeds 15 but does not exceed 20, four wash basins; and

  • (e) where the number of those employees exceeds 20, four wash basins and one additional wash basin for every 15 of those employees or portion of that number in excess of 20.

  • SOR/88-68, s. 14;
  • SOR/88-632, s. 32(F);
  • SOR/94-263, s. 65(F);
  • SOR/2002-208, s. 43(F).
  •  (1) An industrial wash trough or circular wash basin of a capacity equivalent to the aggregate of the minimum standard capacities of the wash basins referred to in sections 9.19 and 9.20 may be provided in place of the wash basins.

  • (2) An industrial wash trough or circular wash basin referred to in subsection (1) shall be supplied with cold water and hot water that meets the requirements of section 9.18.

  • SOR/94-263, s. 26.

 In every personal service room that contains a wash basin, the employer shall provide

  • (a) powdered or liquid soap or other cleaning agent in a dispenser at each wash basin or between adjoining wash basins;

  • (b) sufficient sanitary hand drying facilities to serve the number of employees using the personal service room; and

  • (c) a non-combustible container for the disposal of used towels where towels are provided.

Showers and Shower Rooms

  •  (1) A shower room with a door fitted on the inside with a locking device and at least one shower head for every 10 employees or portion of that number shall be provided for employees who regularly perform strenuous physical work in a high temperature or high humidity or whose bodies may be contaminated by a hazardous substance.

  • (2) Every shower receptor shall be constructed and arranged in such a way that water cannot leak through the walls or floors.

  • (3) No more than six shower heads shall be served by a single shower drain.

  • (4) Where two or more shower heads are served by a shower drain, the floor shall be sloped and the drain so located that water from one head cannot flow over the area that serves another head.

  • (5) Except for column showers, where a battery of shower heads is installed, the horizontal distance between two adjacent shower heads shall be at least 750 mm.

  • (6) Waterproof finish shall be provided to a height of not less than 1.8 m above the floor in shower rooms and shall consist of ceramic, plastic or metal tile, sheet vinyl, tempered hardboard, laminated thermosetting decorative sheets or linoleum.

  • (7) Finished flooring in shower rooms shall consist of resilient flooring, felted-synthetic fibre floor coverings, concrete terrazzo, ceramic tile, mastic or other types of flooring providing similar degrees of water resistance.

  • (8) Where duck boards are used in showers, they shall not be made of wood.

  • (9) Every shower shall be provided with cold water and hot water that meets the requirements of section 9.18.

  • (10) Where an employee referred to in subsection (1) takes a shower as a result of his work, a clean towel and soap or other cleaning agent shall be provided to him.

  • SOR/88-68, s. 14;
  • SOR/88-632, s. 33(F);
  • SOR/94-263, s. 65(F);
  • SOR/2002-208, s. 43(F).