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Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (SOR/2010-120)

Regulations are current to 2019-11-19 and last amended on 2019-06-25. Previous Versions

PART 9Persons Transfer Apparatus (continued)

Use and Operation (continued)

  •  (1) A persons transfer apparatus must not be used to transfer freight unless the apparatus is specifically designed for freight and people or if there is an emergency.

  • (2) Every transfer of a person by means of a persons transfer apparatus must be made only when visibility and environmental conditions are such that the transfer can be made safely.

  • (3) If a person is transferred by means of a persons transfer apparatus from one place to another on the vessel or from the vessel to another place off a vessel or vice versa,

    • (a) the person in charge of the transfer operation must be in direct radio contact with the operator of the apparatus; and

    • (b) the person to be transferred must

      • (i) be instructed in the safety procedures to be followed by them,

      • (ii) wear a flotation suit if the conditions warrant, and

      • (iii) must use a life jacket or a personal flotation device unless, if for medical or emergency reasons, it is not feasible to wear one.

  • (4) If a person is transferred by a basket to or from a drilling unit or an offshore production facility, the drilling unit or production facility must be equipped with at least two buoyant baskets.

  • SOR/2019-246, s. 282

Boatswain’s Chair

  •  (1) A boatswain’s chair must provide stable and adequate support for the user.

  • (2) A boatswain’s chair must be suspended from a parapet clamp, cornice hook, thrust-out beam or other solid anchorage having a working load limit that is at least equivalent to that of the suspension system for the boatswain’s chair.

 A boatswain’s chair must only be used when visibility and weather conditions permit its safe use.

Inspection and Testing

  •  (1) Every persons transfer apparatus must be inspected and found to be in serviceable condition before each use and all ropes, wires or other vital parts that show signs of significant wear must be replaced before the apparatus is used.

  • (2) Every persons transfer apparatus and every safety device attached to it must be inspected and tested by a qualified person to ascertain that the requirements referred to in section 131 are met

    • (a) before the persons transfer apparatus and any safety device attached to it are placed in service;

    • (b) after an alteration to the persons transfer apparatus or any safety device attached to it; and

    • (c) once every 12 months.

  • (3) A record of each inspection and test made in accordance with subsection (2) must

    • (a) be made and signed by the qualified person who made the inspection and performed the test;

    • (b) include the date of the inspection and test and the identification and location of the persons transfer apparatus and any safety devices that were inspected and tested;

    • (c) set out the observations of the qualified person on the safety of the apparatus and any safety device;

    • (d) be kept by the employer on the vessel on which the persons transfer apparatus is located for a period of two years after the day on which the inspection is signed; and

    • (e) be made readily available for examination by the operator of the apparatus.

Repair and Maintenance

 Repair and maintenance of a persons transfer apparatus or a safety device attached to it must be performed by a qualified person appointed by the employer.

PART 10Protection Equipment

General

  •  (1) The employer must ensure that every person granted access to a work place who is exposed to a health or safety hazard uses the protection equipment prescribed by this Part

    • (a) if it is not feasible to eliminate a health or safety hazard in a work place or to control it within safe limits; and

    • (b) if the use of the protection equipment may prevent or reduce injury from that hazard.

  • (2) All protection equipment must

    • (a) be designed to protect the person from the hazard for which it is provided;

    • (b) not in itself create a hazard;

    • (c) be maintained, inspected and tested by a qualified person; and

    • (d) if necessary to prevent a health hazard, be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition by a qualified person.

  • SOR/2019-246, s. 283

Protective Headwear

 If there is a hazard of head injury in a work place, the employer must provide protective headwear that meets the standards set out in CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z94.1-05, Industrial Protective Headwear - Performance, Selection, Care, and Use.

Protective Footwear

  •  (1) If there is a hazard of a foot injury or electric shock through footwear in a work place, the employer must ensure that every person granted access to that work place uses protective footwear that meets the standards set out in CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z195-02 (R2008), Protective Footwear.

  • (2) If there is a hazard of slipping in a work place, non-slip footwear must be used.

Eye and Face Protection

 If there is a hazard of injury in a work place to the eyes, face, ears or front of the neck, the employer must provide eye or face protectors that meet the standards set out in CSA Standard Z94.3-07, Eye and Face Protectors.

Respiratory Protection

  •  (1) If there is a hazard of an airborne hazardous substance or an oxygen-deficient atmosphere in a work place, the employer must provide a respiratory protective device or breathing apparatus that is listed in the most recent version of the NIOSH Certified Equipment List.

  • (2) A respiratory protective device or breathing apparatus referred to in subsection (1) must be selected, fitted, cared for, used and maintained in accordance with the standards set out in CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z94.4-02 (R2007), Selection, Care and Use of Respirators.

  • (3) If air is provided by means of a respiratory protective device or breathing apparatus referred to in subsection (1)

    • (a) the air must meet the standards set out in clause 15.3 of CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z180.1-00 (R2005), Compressed Breathing Air and Systems; and

    • (b) the system that supplies air must be constructed, tested, operated and maintained in accordance with the CSA Standard referred to in paragraph (a).

  • (4) If a steel or aluminum self-contained breathing apparatus cylinder has a dent deeper than 1.5 mm and less than 50 mm in major diameter or shows evidence of deep isolated pitting, cracks or splits, the cylinder must be removed from service until it has been shown to be safe for use by means of a hydrostatic test at a pressure equal to one and one-half times the maximum allowable working pressure.

Skin Protection

 If there is a hazard of injury or disease to or through the skin of a person in a work place, the employer must provide any person granted access to the work place with

  • (a) a shield or a screen;

  • (b) a cream or a barrier lotion to protect the skin; or

  • (c) an appropriate body covering.

Fall-protection Systems

  •  (1) The employer must provide a fall-protection system to every person, other than an employee who is installing or removing a fall-protection system, who is granted access to

    • (a) an unguarded work area that is

      • (i) more than 2.4 m above the nearest permanent safe level,

      • (ii) above any moving parts of machinery or any other surface or thing that could cause injury to a person on contact, or

      • (iii) above an open hold;

    • (b) a structure referred to in Part 2 that is more than 3 m above a permanent safe level; or

    • (c) a ladder at a height of more than 2.4 m above the nearest permanent safe level and because of the nature of the work, that person can use only one hand to hold onto the ladder.

  • (2) The components of a fall-protection system must meet the following standards:

    • (a) CSA Standard Z259.1-05, Body Belts and Saddles for Work Positioning and Travel Restraint;

    • (b) CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z259.2.1-98 (R2008), Fall Arresters, Vertical Lifelines and Rails;

    • (c) CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z259.2.2-98 (R2009), Self-Retracting Devices for Personal Fall-Arrest Systems;

    • (d) CSA Standard Z259.2.3-99 (R2004), Descent Control Devices;

    • (e) CSA Standard Z259.10-06, Full Body Harnesses;

    • (f) CSA Standard Z259.11-05, Energy Absorbers and Lanyards;

    • (g) CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z259.12-01 (R2006), Connecting Components for Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS);

    • (h) CSA Standard Z259.13-04 (R2009), Flexible Horizontal Lifeline Systems; and

    • (i) CSA Standard Z259.16-04 (R2009), Design of Active Fall-Protection Systems.

  • (3) The anchor of a fall-protection system must be capable of withstanding a force of 17.8 kN.

  • (4) A fall-protection system that is used to arrest the fall of a person must prevent that person

    • (a) from being subjected to a peak fall arrest force of more than 8 kN; and

    • (b) from falling freely for more than 1.2 m.

  • (5) An employer must train and instruct every employee required to install or remove a fall-protection system in a work place in the procedures to be followed for the installation or removal of the system.

  • SOR/2019-246, s. 284(F)
 
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