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

Regulations are current to 2016-04-12 and last amended on 2015-09-14. Previous Versions



 In this Part,

materials handling equipment

materials handling equipment means equipment, including its supporting structures, auxiliary equipment and rigging devices, used to transport, lift, move or position persons, materials, goods or things and includes mobile equipment used to lift, hoist or position persons, but does not include an elevating device that is permanently installed in a building; (appareil de manutention)

motorized hand-rider truck

motorized hand-rider truck means motorized materials handling equipment that is designed to be controlled by a walking or onboard operator; (chariot à conducteur porté ou accompagnant)


operator means a person who controls the operation of motorized or manual materials handling equipment and who has received or is receiving instruction and training in respect of the procedures referred to in subsection 14.23(1) or (3), as the case may be; (opérateur)

safe working load

safe working load means the maximum load that the motorized or manual materials handling equipment is designed and constructed to handle or support safely under particular operating conditions; (charge de travail admissible)


signaller means a person instructed by an employer to direct, by means of visual or auditory signals, the safe movement and operation of motorized materials handling equipment. (signaleur)

  • SOR/96-400, s. 1.


 This Part does not apply in respect of

  • (a) subject to subsection 14.4(4), the use and operation of motor vehicles on public roads;

  • (b) the use and operation of tackle regulated pursuant to the Canada Shipping Act in the loading or unloading of ships; or

  • (c) the underground workings of mines.

  • SOR/96-400, s. 1.



  •  (1) Motorized and manual materials handling equipment shall, to the extent that is reasonably practicable, be so designed and constructed that if there is a failure of any part of the materials handling equipment, that failure will not result in loss of control of the materials handling equipment or create a hazardous condition.

  • (2) All glass and other transparent materials used in doors, windows and other parts of motorized materials handling equipment shall be of a type that does not shatter into sharp or dangerous pieces on impact.

  • (3) Subject to subsection 14.51(1), an employer shall ensure that the onboard operator’s compartment in, or position on, motorized materials handling equipment provides adequate adjustability of range to accommodate properly the operator for the work that is required to be done.

  • SOR/96-400, s. 1.
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