Oil and Gas Occupational Safety and Health Regulations (SOR/87-612)

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

Warnings

 Where reasonably practicable, automated warning and detection systems shall be provided by the employer where the seriousness of any exposure to a hazardous substance so requires.

  • SOR/88-199, s. 19;
  • SOR/2014-141, s. 14(F).

Storage, Handling and Use

 Every hazardous substance stored, handled or used in a work place shall be stored, handled and used in a manner whereby the hazard related to that substance is reduced to a minimum.

  • SOR/88-199, s. 19;
  • SOR/2014-141, s. 14(F).

 Subject to section 11.14, where a hazardous substance is stored, handled or used in a work place, any hazard resulting from that storage, handling or use shall be confined to as small an area as practicable.

  • SOR/88-199, s. 19;
  • SOR/2014-141, s. 14(F).
  •  (1) Every container for a hazardous substance that is used in a work place shall be so designed and constructed that it protects the employees from any safety or health hazard that is created by the hazardous substance.

  • (2) Where a container referred to in subsection (1) is emptied and is not to be refilled with the hazardous substance, it shall be completely cleaned of the hazardous substance that was stored in it before being reused and the label identifying the hazardous substance shall be removed.

  • SOR/88-199, ss. 6, 19;
  • SOR/94-165, s. 37;
  • SOR/2014-141, s. 14(F).

 The quantity of a hazardous substance used or processed in a work place shall, as far as is practicable, be kept to a minimum.

  • SOR/88-199, s. 19;
  • SOR/2014-141, s. 14(F).

 Where a hazardous substance is capable of combining with another substance to form an ignitable combination and a hazard of ignition of the combination by static electricity exists, the standards set out in the United States National Fire Prevention Association Inc. publication NFPA 77-1983, Recommended Practice on Static Electricity, dated 1983, shall be adopted and implemented.

  • SOR/88-199, s. 19;
  • SOR/2014-141, s. 14(F).

Warning of Hazardous Substances

[SOR/88-199, s. 7; SOR/2014-141, s. 14(F)]
  •  (1) Where a hazardous substance is stored in a work place, signs shall be posted in conspicuous places warning of the presence of the hazardous substance.

  • (2) Hazard information in respect of hazardous substances that are, or are likely to be, present in a work place shall be readily available for examination by employees in any form, as determined in consultation with the policy committee or, if there is no policy committee, the safety and health committee or the safety and health representative.

  • SOR/88-199, s. 19;
  • SOR/94-165, s. 38;
  • SOR/2014-141, s. 14(F);
  • SOR/2016-141, s. 36.

 [Repealed, SOR/88-199, s. 8]

Assembly of Pipes

 Every assembly of pipes, pipe fittings, valves, safety devices, pumps, compressors and other fixed equipment that is used for transferring a hazardous substance from one location to another shall be

  • (a) marked, by labelling, colour-coding, placarding or any other mode, to identify the hazardous substance being transferred and, if appropriate, the direction of the flow;

  • (b) fitted with valves and other control and safety devices to ensure its safe operation;

  • (c) inspected by a qualified person before it is placed in service and once a year thereafter; and

  • (d) maintained and repaired by a qualified person.

  • SOR/88-199, s. 9 and 19;
  • SOR/2014-141, s. 14(F);
  • SOR/2016-141, s. 37.

Employee Education and Training

[SOR/2016-141, s. 38(E)]
  •  (1) Every employer shall, in consultation with the policy committee or, if there is no policy committee, the safety and health committee or the safety and health representative, develop and implement an employee education and training program with respect to hazard prevention and control at the work place.

  • (2) The employee education and training program shall include

    • (a) the education and training of each employee who handles or is exposed to or who is likely to handle or be exposed to a hazardous substance, with respect to

      • (i) the product identifier of the hazardous substance,

      • (ii) all hazard information disclosed by the supplier or by the employer on a safety data sheet or label,

      • (iii) all hazard information of which the employer is aware or ought to be aware,

      • (iv) the observations referred to in paragraph 11.4(a),

      • (v) the information disclosed on a safety data sheet referred to in section 11.30 and the purpose and significance of that information,

      • (vi) in respect of hazardous products in the work place, the information required to be disclosed on a safety data sheet and on a label under Division III and the purpose and significance of that information, and

      • (vii) the hazard information referred to in subsection 11.15(2);

    • (b) the education and training of each employee who operates, maintains or repairs an assembly of pipes referred to in section 11.18, with respect to

      • (i) every valve and other control and safety device connected to the assembly of pipes,

      • (ii) the procedures to follow for the proper and safe use of the assembly of pipes, and

      • (iii) the significance of the labelling, colour-coding, placarding or other modes of identification that are used;

    • (c) the education and training of each employee who is referred to in paragraph (a) or (b), with respect to

      • (i) the procedures to follow to implement sections 11.10, 11.11 and 11.14,

      • (ii) the procedures to follow for the safe storage, handling, use and disposal of hazardous substances, including procedures to be followed in an emergency involving a hazardous substance, and

      • (iii) the procedures to follow if an employee is exposed to fugitive emissions as defined in section 11.31; and

    • (d) the education and training of each employee on the procedures to follow to access electronic or paper versions of reports, records of education and training given and safety data sheets.

  • (3) Every employer shall, in consultation with the policy committee or, if there is no policy committee, the safety and health committee or the safety and health representative, review and, if necessary, revise the employee education and training program

    • (a) at least once a year;

    • (b) whenever there is a change in conditions in respect of the presence of hazardous substances in the work place; and

    • (c) whenever new hazard information in respect of a hazardous substance in the work place becomes available to the employer.

  • SOR/88-199, s. 10;
  • SOR/94-165, s. 39;
  • SOR/2014-141, s. 14(F);
  • SOR/2016-141, s. 39.

 The employer shall keep a written record of the employee education and training program referred to in subsection 11.19(1) readily available for examination by employees in any form, as determined in consultation with the policy committee or, if there is no policy committee, the safety and health committee or the safety and health representative, for as long as the employees

  • (a) handle or are exposed to or are likely to handle or be exposed to the hazardous substance; or

  • (b) operate, maintain or repair the assembly of pipes.

  • SOR/88-199, s. 10;
  • SOR/2014-141, s. 14(F);
  • SOR/2016-141, s. 40.

 [Repealed, SOR/88-199, s. 10]

Medical Examinations

  •  (1) Where the report referred to in section 11.4 contains a recommendation for a medical examination, the employer may, regarding that recommendation, consult a physician who has specialized knowledge in respect of the hazardous substance in the work place.

  • (2) Where the employer

    • (a) consults a physician pursuant to subsection (1) and the physician confirms the recommendation for a medical examination, or

    • (b) does not consult a physician pursuant to subsection (1),

    the employer shall not permit an employee to work with the hazardous substance in the work place until a physician, who has the specialized knowledge referred to in subsection (1) and is acceptable to the employee, has examined the employee and declared the employee fit for work with the hazardous substance.

  • (3) Where an employer consults a physician pursuant to subsection (1), the employer shall keep a copy of the decision of the physician with the report referred to in section 11.4.

  • (4) The cost of a medical examination referred to in subsection (2) shall be borne by the employer.

  • SOR/88-199, ss. 11(E) and 19;
  • SOR/2014-141, s. 14(F).
 
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