On Board Trains Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (SOR/87-184)

Regulations are current to 2015-10-27 and last amended on 2015-09-14. Previous Versions

 All equipment and utensils that come into contact with food shall be

  • (a) designed to be easily cleaned;

  • (b) smooth, free from cracks, crevices, pitting or unnecessary indentations; and

  • (c) cleaned to maintain their surfaces in a sanitary condition.

 No person shall eat, prepare or store food

  • (a) in a place where a hazardous substance may contaminate food, dishes or utensils;

  • (b) in a toilet room; or

  • (c) in any other place where food is likely to be contaminated.

  • SOR/88-200, s. 14;
  • SOR/2015-143, s. 73(F).

Food Waste and Garbage

  •  (1) No food waste or garbage shall be stored in a food preparation area.

  • (2) The employer shall ensure that an employee who is responsible for handling food waste and garbage or for removing it from a food preparation area does so in accordance with subsections (3) to (5).

  • (3) Wet food waste and garbage shall be

    • (a) disposed of by mechanical grinders or choppers connected to sewage disposal lines; or

    • (b) held in leak-proof, non-absorptive, easily-cleaned containers with tight-fitting covers in a separate enclosed area or container until removal for disposal.

  • (4) Dry food waste and garbage shall be removed or incinerated.

  • (5) Food waste and garbage containers shall be fitted with covers and the food waste and garbage shall be removed as frequently as is necessary to prevent unsanitary conditions.

  • (6) Food waste and garbage containers shall be cleaned and disinfected in an area separate from the food preparation area each time they are emptied.

  • SOR/2015-143, s. 28.


  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), where reasonably practicable, the exhaust system for on-board accommodation, a toilet room or a food preparation area

    • (a) shall be of a mechanical type; and

    • (b) shall not be connected with any other exhaust or air supply system.

  • (2) The exhaust system for on-board accommodation, a toilet room or a food preparation area may be connected to the exhaust duct of another room at the exhaust fan inlet if it is connected in such a manner that an exchange of air between those rooms or areas cannot occur.

  • SOR/95-105, s. 18(F).

Clothing Storage

 Clothing storage facilities shall be provided by the employer for the storage of overcoats and other clothes not worn by employees while they are working.

Sleeping Quarters

 In any on-board accommodation provided as sleeping quarters, each employee shall be provided with

  • (a) a separate bed or bunk that is not part of a unit that is more than double-tiered and is so constructed that it can be easily cleaned and disinfected;

  • (b) a mattress, pillow, blanket and bed cover that are kept in a clean and sanitary condition; and

  • (c) at least once a week, clean laundered sheets and a pillow case.