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PART 14Materials Handling (continued)

DIVISION IIMaintenance, Operation and Use (continued)

Aisles and Corridors

 At blind corners, mirrors must be installed that permit an operator to see a pedestrian, vehicle or mobile equipment approaching the blind corner.

Clearances

 On any route that is frequently travelled by mobile equipment, the overhead and side clearances must be adequate to permit the mobile equipment and its load to be manoeuvred safely by an operator.

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), materials handling equipment must not be operated in an area in which it may come into contact with an electrical cable, a pipeline, part of a structure or other hazard known to the employer, unless the operator and signaller, if any, have been

    • (a) warned of the presence of the hazard;

    • (b) informed of the location of the hazard; and

    • (c) informed of the safety clearance that must be maintained with respect to the hazard in order to avoid accidental contact with it.

  • (2) If an employer is unable to determine with reasonable certainty the location of the hazard or the safety clearance referred to in subsection (1), every electrical cable must be de-energized and every pipeline containing a hazardous substance must be shut down and drained before any operation involving the use of materials handling equipment commences within the area.

DIVISION IIIManual Handling of Materials

 If, because of the weight, size, shape, toxicity or other characteristic of materials, goods or things, the manual handling of the materials, goods or things may be hazardous to the health or safety of an employee, the employer must issue instructions that the materials, goods or things must, if reasonably practicable, not be handled manually.

 If an employee is required to lift or carry a load in excess of 10 kg manually, the employee must be instructed and trained by the employer in a safe method of lifting and carrying that load.

DIVISION IVStorage of Materials

  •  (1) All materials, goods and things must be stored and placed in such a manner that the maximum safe load-carrying capacity of the floor or other supporting structures is not exceeded.

  • (2) Materials, goods or things must not be stored or placed in a manner that may

    • (a) obstruct or encroach on passageways, traffic lanes or exits;

    • (b) impede the safe operation of materials handling equipment;

    • (c) obstruct the ready access to or the use and operation of firefighting equipment;

    • (d) interfere with the operation of fixed fire protection equipment; or

    • (e) be hazardous to the health or safety of any employee.

PART 15Hazardous Occurrence Investigation, Recording and Reporting

Interpretation

 The following definitions apply in this Part.

disabling injury

disabling injury means an employment injury or an occupational disease that

  • (a) prevents an employee from reporting for work or from effectively performing all the duties connected with the employee’s regular work on any day subsequent to the day on which the disabling injury occurred, whether or not that subsequent day is a working day for that employee,

  • (b) results in the loss by an employee of a body member or a part of a body member or in the complete loss of the usefulness of a body member or part of a body member; or

  • (c) results in the permanent impairment of a body function of an employee. (blessure invalidante)

minor injury

minor injury means an employment injury or an occupational disease for which medical treatment is provided and excludes a disabling injury. (blessure légère)

Report by Employee

 If an employee becomes aware of an accident or other occurrence arising in the course of or in connection with the employee’s work that has caused injury to the employee or to any other person, the employee must without delay report the accident or other occurrence to the employer, orally or in writing.

Investigation

  •  (1) If an employer is aware of an accident, occupational disease or other hazardous occurrence affecting any of the employer’s employees in the course of employment, the employer must, without delay,

    • (a) take necessary measures to prevent a recurrence of the hazardous occurrence;

    • (b) appoint a qualified person to carry out an investigation of the hazardous occurrence; and

    • (c) notify the committee or the coordinator of the hazardous occurrence and of the name of the person appointed to investigate it.

  • (2) In addition to the investigation referred to in paragraph (1)(b), if the hazardous occurrence referred to in subsection (1) is an accident involving a ship or aircraft, the employer must investigate the accident by obtaining from the appropriate police or other investigating authority a copy of the report made by that authority in respect of the accident.

  • (3) As soon as reasonably practicable after receipt of the report referred to in subsection (2), the employer must provide a copy of it to the committee or the coordinator.

Hazardous Occurrence Report

  •  (1) The employer must report, by the most rapid means of communication available to the employer, the date, time, location and nature of any accident, occupational disease or other hazardous occurrence referred to in section 264 to a health and safety officer and to the committee or the coordinator as soon as reasonably practicable but not later than 24 hours after becoming aware of the occurrence, when the occurrence resulted in one of the following circumstances:

    • (a) the death of an employee;

    • (b) a missing person;

    • (c) a disabling injury to an employee;

    • (d) the implementation of emergency rescue, revival or evacuation procedures;

    • (e) a fire or explosion that threatened the health and safety of an employee;

    • (f) the free fall of an elevating device that rendered the elevating device unsafe for use by an employee;

    • (g) an accidental accumulation, spill or leak of a hazardous substance; or

    • (h) the loss of or damage to support craft.

  • (2) A written report of the accident, occupational disease or other hazardous occurrence referred to in subsection (1) must be submitted by the employer within 14 days after the occurrence to the health and safety officer and to the committee or the coordinator.

  • (3) The report referred to in subsection (2) must be in the form set out in Schedule 4 and contain the information required by the form.

 If an investigation referred to in subsection 264(2) discloses that the accident resulted in a circumstance referred to in subsection 265(1), the employer must, within 14 days after the receipt of the report of the accident made by the police or other investigating authority, submit a copy of the report to the health and safety officer.

Minor Injury Record

  •  (1) Every employer must keep a record of each minor injury of which the employer is aware that affected any of the employees in the course of employment.

  • (2) The record must contain

    • (a) the date, time and location of the occurrence that resulted in the minor injury;

    • (b) the name of the injured or ill employee;

    • (c) a brief description of the minor injury; and

    • (d) the causes of the minor injury.

Retention of Reports and Records

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), every employer must keep a copy of each report and record referred to in this Part for one year after its submission to the health and safety officer, to the committee or the coordinator.

  • (2) Every record with respect to a circumstance referred to in paragraph 265(1)(f) must be kept by the employer for a period of five years after the hazardous occurrence.

PART 16First Aid

Interpretation

 The following definitions apply in this Part.

first aid station

first aid station means a place, other than a first aid room or medical clinic, in which first aid supplies or equipment are stored. (poste de secours)

isolated workplace

isolated workplace means a workplace that is more than two hours’ travel time from a hospital or a medical clinic under normal travel conditions using the fastest available means of transportation. (lieu de travail isolé)

medical clinic

medical clinic means a medical consultation and treatment facility that is in the charge of a medic or a physician. (service de santé)

 
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