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

Regulations are current to 2019-06-20 and last amended on 2018-06-25. Previous Versions

PART 5Safe Occupancy of the Work Place (continued)

DIVISION 2Violence Prevention in the Work Place (continued)

Information, Instruction and Training

  •  (1) The employer must provide information, instruction and training in the factors that contribute to work place violence that are appropriate to the work place of each employee exposed to work place violence or a risk of work place violence.

  • (2) The employer must provide information, instruction and training

    • (a) before assigning to an employee any new activity for which a risk of work place violence has been identified; and

    • (b) when new information on work place violence becomes available.

  • (3) The information, instruction and training must include the following:

    • (a) the nature and extent of work place violence and how employees may be exposed to it;

    • (b) the communication system established by the employer to inform employees about work place violence;

    • (c) information on what constitutes work place violence and on the means of identifying the factors that contribute to work place violence;

    • (d) the work place violence prevention measures set out in sections 97 to 100; and

    • (e) the employer’s procedures for reporting on work place violence or the risk of work place violence.

  • (4) At least once every three years and in either of the following circumstances, the employer must review and update, if necessary, the information, instruction and training provided:

    • (a) when there is a change in respect of the risk of work place violence; or

    • (b) when new information on the risk of work place violence becomes available.

  • (5) The employer must keep signed records, in paper or electronic form, on the information, instruction and training that each employee is provided with for a period of two years after the day on which an employee ceases to perform an activity that has a risk of work place violence associated with it.

PART 6Medical Care


 The following definitions apply in this Part.

detached work place

detached work place means a work place away from a vessel where employees normally employed on the vessel are engaged in work related to the operation of the vessel for extended periods of time. (lieu de travail isolé)

first aid room

first aid room means a room used exclusively for first aid or medical purposes. (salle de premiers soins)

health unit

health unit means a consultation and treatment facility that is in the charge of a person who is a registered nurse under the laws of any province. (service de santé)

medical facility

medical facility means a medical clinic or the office of a physician. (installation médicale)

medicine chest

medicine chest means a container in which an assortment of medicines is stored. (pharmacie de bord)


 Every employer must ensure that a vessel engaged on a voyage has at least one employee holding a training certificate that meets the requirements of paragraph 207(3)(g) of the Marine Personnel Regulations, unless an exemption in respect of the vessel has been granted under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.

  •  (1) A vessel must carry a complete and up-to-date list of radio stations from which medical advice can be obtained.

  • (2) If a vessel is equipped with a system of satellite communication, it must carry a complete and up-to-date list of coast earth stations from which medical advice can be obtained.

 Employees with responsibility for medical care or first aid must be instructed by the employer in the use of the ship’s medical guide and in the medical section of the most recent edition of the International Code of Signals so that they can understand the type of information needed by the advising doctor and the advice received.

 Every employer must

  • (a) establish written instructions that provide for the prompt rendering of first aid to an employee for any injury, disabling injury or illness;

  • (b) make a copy of the instructions readily available for examination by employees; and

  • (c) if a cargo which is classified dangerous has not been included in the most recent edition of the Medical First Aid Guide for Use in Accidents Involving Dangerous Goods, make available to the employees the necessary information on the nature of the substances, the risks involved, the necessary personal protection equipment required, the relevant medical procedures and specific antidotes.

 If an employee sustains an injury or becomes aware that they have a disabling injury or illness, the employee must, if possible, report immediately for first aid to a person who holds a first aid certificate.

  •  (1) The employer must ensure that on board every vessel

    • (a) there is at least one person who holds a first aid certificate and who can immediately render first aid to employees who are injured or ill; and

    • (b) for every work place at which employees are working on live electrical equipment, there is at least one employee who has, in the 12 months before the performance of the work on the electrical equipment, successfully completed a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation given by an approved organization.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to shore-based employees for whom a first aid room, a health unit or a medical facility is provided on shore.

 Emergency medical and dental care while employees are on board a vessel or landed in a foreign port must be provided free of charge.

Medical Care Ashore

 Measures must be taken to ensure that employees have access, when in port, to

  • (a) outpatient treatment for injury and illness;

  • (b) hospitalization when necessary; and

  • (c) dental treatment.

First Aid Kit, Medicine Chest, Medical Equipment and Medical Guide

  •  (1) The employer must provide and maintain for a work place set out in column 1 of Table 1 to this section the type of first aid kit set out in column 2 and a medical guide.

  • (2) The first aid kit and its contents, as well as the medical equipment and medical guide carried on board a vessel, must be properly maintained and inspected at regular intervals of not more than 12 months, by a qualified person to ensure that supplies and equipment are properly stored and labelled with directions for their use and their expiry date, that all equipment functions as required and that all supplies have not reached or exceeded their expiry dates and are not set to expire before to the next scheduled inspection date.

  • (3) Every first aid kit must be

    • (a) accessible when an employee is on board the vessel; and

    • (b) clearly identified by a conspicuous sign.

  • (4) A first aid kit must contain the supplies and equipment set out in column 1 of Table 2 to this section in the applicable quantities set out in column 2.

    TABLE 1

    Requirements for First Aid Kits

    Column 1Column 2
    ItemWork PlaceType of First Aid Kit
    1On a vessel with
    (a) 2 to 5 employeesA
    (b) 6 to 19 employeesB
    (c) 20 to 49 employeesC
    (d) more than 50 employeesD
    2At a detached work placeE

    TABLE 2

    First Aid Kit Type, Supplies and Equipment

    Column 1Column 2
    Type of First Aid Kit
    ItemSupplies and EquipmentQuantity per Type of First Aid Kit
    1Antiseptic-wound solution, 60 mL or antiseptic swabs (10-pack)12361
    2Applicator-disposable (10-pack) [not needed if antiseptic swabs used]1248
    3Bag-disposable, waterproof, emesis1224
    4Bandage-adhesive strips121002004006
    5Gauze, Roll 2.5 cm × 10 m26812
    6Bandage-triangular-100 cm folded and 2 pins24681
    7Container-First Aid Kit11111
    8Dressing-compress, sterile 7.5 cm × 12 cm approximately24812
    9Dressing-gauze, sterile 10.4 cm × 10.4 cm approximately4812182
    11Manual-First Aid, English — current edition1111
    12Manual-First Aid, French –– current edition1111
    13Pad with shield or tape for eye11241
    14Record-First Aid (section 119)11111
    15Scissors — 10 cm11111
    16Tape-adhesive, surgical 1.2 cm × 4.6 m (not needed if ties attached to dressings)1123
    18Antipruritic lotion 30 ml or swabs (10 packs)1112
    19Bandage-elastic 7.5 cm × 5 m12
    20Blanket-emergency, pocket size1
    21Dressing-burn, sterile, 10 cm × 10 cm1122
    22Dressing-burn, sterile, 20 cm × 20 cm11
    23Hand cleanser or cleaning towelettes, 1 pack1111
    24Malleable splint set with padding111
    26Gloves, disposable examination non-latex (pr)51020305
    27Mask, barrier device for mouth to mouth resuscitation11231
    28Tongue depressor, disposable551010
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