1 The thermal conductivity of the material from which a thermal protective aid is constructed shall be not more than 0.25 W/(m·K).
2 Every thermal protective aid shall be designed
(a) to withstand air temperatures from -30°C to +65°C without damage;
(b) to enable a person to put on the aid correctly within one minute after reading the instructions;
(c) to permit the wearer to remove it in the water within two minutes if it impairs the wearer’s ability to swim;
(d) to remain functional after 24 hours of contact with diesel oil; and
(e) to maintain its watertight integrity when supporting a column of water 2 m in height.
3 (1) Every thermal protective aid shall be supplied with instructions, in English and French, and diagrams explaining how to put on and use the aid.
(2) The instructions for a thermal protective aid shall
(a) not exceed 50 words;
(b) indicate clearly whether the protective aid can be worn while the wearer is swimming; and
(c) be printed
(i) on the exterior of its storage case,
(ii) on a waterproof card attached to the aid or its storage case, or
(iii) on the aid, if its storage case is transparent and the instructions are visible through the storage case.
(3) The instructions and diagrams for a thermal protective aid shall be available in a format that can be inserted in the ship’s training manual.
- SOR/80-685, ss. 91, 92
- SOR/96-218, s. 49
- SOR/2001-179, s. 69
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