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

Regulations are current to 2020-11-17 and last amended on 2019-06-25. Previous Versions

PART 10Protection Equipment (continued)

Loose Clothing

 Loose clothing, long hair, dangling accessories, jewellery or other similar items that may be hazardous to the health or safety of an employee in a work place must not be worn unless they are tied, covered or otherwise secured as to prevent the hazard.

  • SOR/2019-246, s. 285

Protection Against Moving Vehicles

 If persons granted access to a work place are regularly exposed to the risk of coming into contact with moving vehicles during their work, the employer must ensure that they wear a high-visibility vest or other similar clothing that is readily visible under all conditions of use or that they are protected by a barricade that is readily visible under all conditions of use.

Protection Against Drowning

  •  (1) If, in a work place, there is a hazard of drowning, as a result of work activities, other than vessel abandonment drills, the employer must provide every person granted access to the work place with

    • (a) a life jacket or other flotation device that meets the buoyancy standards set out in

      • (i) the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) Standard CAN/CGSB-65.7-2007, Life Jackets; or

      • (ii) Regulation 2 of Part 1 to IMO Resolution MSC.81(70), adopted on December 11, 1998 and entitled Revised Recommendation on Testing of Life-Saving Appliances; or

    • (b) a safety net or a fall-protection system.

  • (2) If, in a work place, there is a hazard of drowning,

    • (a) emergency equipment must be provided and held in readiness;

    • (b) a qualified person to operate all the emergency equipment provided must be present and ready to intervene;

    • (c) if appropriate, a vessel must be provided and held in readiness; and

    • (d) written emergency procedures, meeting the requirements set out in the regulations made under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, must be prepared by the employer.


  •  (1) A record of all self-contained breathing apparatus provided by the employer must be kept by the employer on the vessel on which the breathing apparatus is located for a period of two years after the day on which the apparatus ceases to be used.

  • (2) The record must contain

    • (a) a description of the breathing apparatus and the date of its acquisition by the employer;

    • (b) the date and result of each inspection and test of the breathing apparatus;

    • (c) the date and nature of any maintenance work performed on the breathing apparatus since its acquisition by the employer; and

    • (d) the name of the person who performed the inspection, test or maintenance of the breathing apparatus.

Training and Instruction

  •  (1) An employer must instruct every person granted access to a work place who is to use protection equipment in the use of the equipment.

  • (2) An employer must train and instruct every employee who uses protection equipment in the use, operation and maintenance of the equipment.

  • (3) The instruction referred to in subsections (1) and (2) must be

    • (a) set out in writing; and

    • (b) kept by the employer and made readily available for examination by every person granted access to the work place.

  • SOR/2019-246, s. 286(F)

Defective Protection Equipment

  •  (1) If an employee finds any defect in protection equipment that may render it unsafe for use, they must report the defect to their employer as soon as feasible.

  • (2) An employer must mark or tag as unsafe and remove from service any protection equipment used by employees that has a defect that may render it unsafe for use.

  • SOR/2019-246, s. 287

PART 11Lighting


 In this Part, VDT means a visual display terminal.


  •  (1) This Part does not apply in respect of

    • (a) a vessel of less than 500 gross tonnage;

    • (b) the bridge of a vessel; and

    • (c) the exterior deck of a vessel where lighting levels may create a hazard to navigation.

  • (2) Subject to any special arrangements that may be permitted in passenger vessels, sleeping quarters and mess rooms must be illuminated by natural light and provided with adequate artificial light.

  • (3) Emergency lighting must, in the event of the failure of the main electric lighting, provide sufficient illumination to allow the crew to safely exit from confined spaces and proceed through passageways and stairways to the open deck.

  • (4) The lighting levels must meet one of the following standards:

    • (a) ANSI/IES RP-7-01, Lighting Industrial Facilities; or

    • (b) the standard entitled The IESNA Lighting Handbook: Reference and Application, 9th Edition published by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA).

Measurements of Average Levels of Lighting

  •  (1) For the purposes of this Part, the average level of lighting in an area must be determined by taking four or more measurements at different places in the area at the levels set out below and by dividing the total of the results of the measurements by the number of measurements:

    • (a) if work is performed at a level higher than the deck, at the level at which the work is performed; and

    • (b) in any other case, 1 m above the deck.

  • (2) If the average level of lighting is measured in a dry provision storage room, it must be measured when the room is empty.

  • (3) The lighting level measurements must be carried out by a qualified person.

  • SOR/2019-246, s. 288(E)

Emergency Lighting System

Levels of Lighting

  •  (1) The level of lighting at any place in an area must not be less than one third of the average level of lighting prescribed by this Part for the area.

  • (2) The average level of lighting in a work area set out in column 1 of the table to this subsection must not be less than the level set out in column 2.


    Average Levels of Lighting on Vessels

    Column 1Column 2
    ItemWork AreaAverage Level in lx
    (a) General200
    (b) At the surface of desks500
    2Dry Provision Storage Area100
    (a) General300
    (b) At the bench in an area in which medium or fine bench work or machine work is performed500
    4Service Space — at the head of every stairway, ladder and hatchway200
    (a) General300
    (b) At working position1000
    6Crew Accommodation200
    7Sanitary Facilities
    (a) General100
    (b) At mirror200
    8Dining Area and Recreational Facilities
    (a) General100
    (b) At the surface of tables and desks200
    9Boiler Rooms200
    10Engine Rooms
    (a) General200
    (b) At control stations, switchboards and control boards300
    11Generator Rooms200
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