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Safe Working Practices Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1467)

Regulations are current to 2021-02-15 and last amended on 2007-07-01. Previous Versions

Pressure Vessels (continued)

 Before a pressure vessel is sealed, the person in charge of the working area in which the pressure vessel is located shall ascertain that no person is inside the pressure vessel.

 When manhole covers are to be removed from a boiler, the uppermost manhole cover shall be removed first.

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person, other than a person appointed by an authority acceptable to the Board, shall alter or deal with a safety or relief valve of a boiler or other pressure vessel.

  • (2) A qualified person may

    • (a) in a case of emergency, adjust a valve referred to in subsection (1); and

    • (b) overhaul a valve referred to in subsection (1), prior to its inspection by a person appointed by an authority acceptable to the Board.

General Requirements and Working Practices

 Every person in charge of a working area that is in darkness or in which a dimly lighted condition exists shall ensure that portable lights are provided to any person required to enter that working area.

 Every person on board a towed ship for the purpose of handling the mooring lines of that ship shall maintain visible or audible contact with the operator of the towing ship either directly or with the assistance of other persons.

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall use as a walkway the top of any rail car that is being carried on a barge.

  • (2) A person may ascend to the top of any rail car that is being carried on a barge and proceed along the top of that rail car for the purpose of placing or attending to navigation lights.

 No person shall, while a ship is underway, go over the side of the ship to carry out routine maintenance thereof.

 No person shall go between a ship’s side and a dock facing or between one ship and another ship, unless there is an adequate fender secured to the ship’s side or the dock facing, or to the side of one of the ships, as the case may be.

  •  (1) No person shall

    • (a) manually lift or carry, or

    • (b) require any other person to manually lift or carry

    a weight that is likely to jeopardize the health or safety of any person.

  • (2) No person shall handle, except by mechanical means, any material or object, the shape, size, toxicity or other characteristic of which is likely to jeopardize his health or safety.


 The Minister of Transport may designate as an inspector any person in the public service of Canada who, in his opinion, is qualified to be so designated.

  •  (1) An inspector may at any reasonable time go on board any ship, visit any working area, or examine any structure, machinery or equipment, in or in respect of which he has reason to believe that any provision of these Regulations has been contravened.

  • (2) Where

    • (a) the owner of any working area, structure, machinery or equipment,

    • (b) any person employed in the operation, maintenance or repair of a ship, or in the loading or unloading of a ship, or

    • (c) an officer of an organization that represents the owner or a person described in paragraph (b),

    complains that a contravention of these Regulations has taken place, an inspector shall investigate the circumstances giving rise to the complaint.

  • (3) Every complaint described in subsection (2), shall, where required by an inspector, be made in writing and signed by the person making the complaint.

  • (4) Where an investigation is made pursuant to this section, any person in possession of any records relating to a ship or any working area, structure, machinery or equipment, shall, when requested to do so by an inspector, produce such records and furnish a true copy thereof.

  • (5) No person shall obstruct or hinder an inspector in the exercise of his powers or the carrying out of his duties under these Regulations.

  • (6) Any person, when requested to do so by an inspector, shall give the inspector all reasonable assistance in his power to enable the inspector to carry out his duties under this section and shall furnish the inspector with such information as he may reasonably require.

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