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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 3Crew Accommodation (continued)

General

 The employer must ensure that there is adequate headroom in all crew accommodation and the minimum headroom in all crew accommodation where full and free movement is necessary must be at least 203 cm.

  • SOR/2019-246, s. 226(F)
  •  (1) The sleeping quarters, mess rooms, recreation rooms, passageways in the crew accommodation space and their external bulkheads must be adequately insulated to prevent condensation or overheating.

  • (2) If there is a possibility of resulting heat effects in adjoining accommodation or passageways, steam and hot-water service pipes, machinery casings and boundary bulkheads of galleys and other spaces where heat is produced must be adequately insulated.

 External bulkheads and any part of a bulkhead that separates sleeping quarters from cargo and machinery spaces, galleys, storerooms, drying rooms or communal sanitary facilities must be constructed of steel or other materials approved under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and be watertight and airtight.

  • SOR/2019-246, s. 227
  •  (1) Materials used to construct internal bulkheads, panelling, sheeting, floors and joinings must comply with the Hull Construction Regulations or the Crew Accommodation Regulations.

  • (2) The bulkhead surfaces and deckheads must be constructed so that they can be easily cleaned and maintained in a sanitary condition.

  • (3) The bulkhead surfaces and deckheads in sleeping quarters and mess rooms must be light in colour with a durable non-toxic finish.

  •  (1) The deck covering in all crew accommodation must be of material and construction approved under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and provide a non-slip surface impervious to moisture that is capable of being easily cleaned and maintained in a sanitary condition.

  • (2) If deck covering is made of composite materials, any joints must be profiled to avoid crevices.

  • (3) The deck covering in all crew accommodation must

    • (a) be kept free of grease, oil or any other slippery substance and any material or object that may create a hazard to an employee; and

    • (b) have sufficient drainage.

  •  (1) If feasible, electric light with two independent sources of electricity must be provided in the crew accommodation.

  • (2) If it is not feasible to provide two independent sources of electricity for lighting, additional lighting must be provided by installed lamps or lighting apparatus for emergency use.

  • SOR/2019-246, s. 228

Sleeping Quarters

General

  •  (1) Subject to subsections (3) and (4), sleeping quarters must be located above the load line amidships or aft.

  • (2) Sleeping quarters must not open directly into cargo and machinery spaces, galleys, storerooms, drying rooms or communal sanitary facilities.

  • (3) In passenger vessels and in special purpose vessels if arrangements are made for lighting and ventilation, sleeping quarters may be located below the load line, but in no case are they to be located beneath working passageways.

  • (4) If the size, type or intended service of the vessel renders any other location impractical, sleeping quarters may be located in the fore part of the vessel, but in no case are they to be located forward of the collision bulkhead.

  • SOR/2019-246, s. 229
  •  (1) If feasible, the sleeping quarters must

    • (a) be of adequate size and be properly equipped so as to ensure reasonable comfort and to facilitate tidiness; and

    • (b) be equipped with a sanitary facility, taking into consideration the size of the vessel, the activity in which it is to be engaged and its layout.

  • (2) Except on passenger vessels, all sleeping quarters must be provided with a wash basin with hot and cold running fresh water from taps that are clearly marked to indicate whether the water supply is hot or cold, unless the room is equipped with a sanitary facility containing a wash basin.

  • SOR/2019-246, s. 230
  •  (1) If feasible, the minimum floor area per person for sleeping quarters of employees with officer duties must be

    • (a) on vessels other than passenger vessels and special purpose vessels,

      • (i) 7.5 m2 in vessels of less than 3,000 gross tonnage,

      • (ii) 8.5 m2 in vessels of at least 3,000 but less than 10,000 gross tonnage, and

      • (iii) 10 m2 in vessels of at least 10,000 gross tonnage or more; and

    • (b) on passenger vessels and special purpose vessels,

      • (i) 7.5 m2 for junior officers, and

      • (ii) 8.5 m2 for senior officers.

  • (2) In this section, junior officers means officers at the operational level and senior officers means officers at the management level.

  • (3) If feasible, the master, the chief mate, the chief engineer and the second engineer are to be provided with, in addition to their sleeping quarters, an adjoining sitting room, day room or equivalent additional space.

  • SOR/2019-246, s. 231(E)
  •  (1) If feasible, individual sleeping quarters must be provided for each employee.

  • (2) In individual sleeping quarters for employees, the minimum floor area must be

    • (a) 4.5 m2 in vessels of less than 3,000 gross tonnage;

    • (b) 5.5 m2 in vessels of at least 3,000 but less than 10,000 gross tonnage; and

    • (c) 7 m2 in vessels of at least 10,000 gross tonnage or more.

  • SOR/2019-246, s. 232(E)
  •  (1) If it is not feasible to provide individual sleeping quarters to employees,

    • (a) separate sleeping quarters must be provided for men and women;

    • (b) an officer must not share their sleeping quarters with more than one other person;

    • (c) if feasible, watchkeepers who are on different watches must not share their sleeping quarters; and

    • (d) if feasible, employees working during the day must not share their sleeping quarters with watchkeepers.

  • (2) If feasible, on passenger vessels and special purpose vessels, the floor area of sleeping quarters for employees not performing officer duties must not be less than

    • (a) 7.5 m2 in rooms accommodating two persons;

    • (b) 11.5 m2 in rooms accommodating three persons; and

    • (c) 14.5 m2 in rooms accommodating four persons.

  • (3) If feasible, in vessels of less than 3000 gross tonnage, other than passenger vessels and special purpose vessels, no more than two persons are to share their sleeping quarters and the floor area of that room must not be less than 7 m2.

  • (4) On special purpose vessels, sleeping quarters may accommodate more than four persons in one room and the floor area of that room must not be less than 3.6 m2 per person.

  • SOR/2019-246, s. 233

Calculation of Area

 Space occupied by berths, lockers, chests of drawers and seats must be included in the measurement of the floor area while small or irregularly shaped spaces, which do not add effectively to the space available for free movement and cannot be used for installing furniture, must be excluded.

Berths

 A separate berth must be provided for each employee and arranged so that the berth is as comfortable as possible for the employee and any partner who may accompany the employee.

 
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