Oil and Gas Occupational Safety and Health Regulations (SOR/87-612)

Regulations are current to 2019-06-20 and last amended on 2018-05-23. Previous Versions

PART XIHazardous Substances (continued)

[SOR/88-199, s. 19; SOR/2014-141, s. 14(F)]

DIVISION IGeneral (continued)

[SOR/88-199, s. 5]

Employee Education and Training (continued)

[SOR/2016-141, s. 38(E)]

 The employer shall keep a written record of the employee education and training program referred to in subsection 11.19(1) readily available for examination by employees in any form, as determined in consultation with the policy committee or, if there is no policy committee, the safety and health committee or the safety and health representative, for as long as the employees

  • (a) handle or are exposed to or are likely to handle or be exposed to the hazardous substance; or

  • (b) operate, maintain or repair the assembly of pipes.

  • SOR/88-199, s. 10
  • SOR/2014-141, s. 14(F)
  • SOR/2016-141, s. 40

 [Repealed, SOR/88-199, s. 10]

Medical Examinations

  •  (1) Where the report referred to in section 11.4 contains a recommendation for a medical examination, the employer may, regarding that recommendation, consult a physician who has specialized knowledge in respect of the hazardous substance in the work place.

  • (2) Where the employer

    • (a) consults a physician pursuant to subsection (1) and the physician confirms the recommendation for a medical examination, or

    • (b) does not consult a physician pursuant to subsection (1),

    the employer shall not permit an employee to work with the hazardous substance in the work place until a physician, who has the specialized knowledge referred to in subsection (1) and is acceptable to the employee, has examined the employee and declared the employee fit for work with the hazardous substance.

  • (3) Where an employer consults a physician pursuant to subsection (1), the employer shall keep a copy of the decision of the physician with the report referred to in section 11.4.

  • (4) The cost of a medical examination referred to in subsection (2) shall be borne by the employer.

  • SOR/88-199, ss. 11(E) and 19
  • SOR/2014-141, s. 14(F)

Control of Hazards

  •  (1) No employee shall be exposed to a concentration of

    • (a) an airborne chemical agent, other than grain dust or airborne asbestos fibres, in excess of the value for that chemical agent adopted by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists in its publication entitled Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) and Biological Exposure Indices (BEIs), as amended from time to time;

    • (b) airborne grain dust, respirable and non-respirable, in excess of 10 mg/m3; or

    • (c) an airborne hazardous substance, other than a chemical agent, that is hazardous to the safety and health of the employee.

  • (1.1) An employer shall ensure that an employee’s exposure to a concentration of airborne asbestos fibres is as close to zero as is reasonably practicable, but in any event the employer shall ensure that the concentration is not in excess of the value for airborne asbestos fibres adopted by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists in its publication entitled Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) and Biological Exposure Indices (BEIs), as amended from time to time.

  • (2) If there is a likelihood that the concentration of an airborne chemical agent may exceed any value referred to in paragraph (1)(a) or (b), the concentration of airborne asbestos fibres may exceed zero or there is a concentration of an airborne hazardous substance that is hazardous to the safety and health of the employee, the air shall be sampled by a qualified person and the concentration of the chemical agent, airborne asbestos fibres or hazardous substance determined by means of a test in accordance with

    • (a) the standards set out by the United States National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods, Third Edition, Volumes 1 and 2, dated February 1984; or

    • (b) a method set out in the United States Federal Register, Volume 40, Number 33, dated February 18, 1975, as amended by Volume 41, Number 53, dated March 17, 1976.

  • (3) A record of each test made in accordance with subsection (2) shall be kept for two years after the date of the test by the employer at the employer’s place of business that is nearest to the work place where the air was sampled.

  • (4) The record referred to in subsection (3) shall include

    • (a) the date, time and location of the test;

    • (b) the chemical agent for which the test was made;

    • (c) the sampling and testing method used;

    • (d) the result obtained; and

    • (e) the name and occupation of the qualified person who made the test.

  • SOR/88-199, s. 19
  • SOR/94-165, s. 40(F)
  • SOR/2014-141, s. 5
  • SOR/2016-141, s. 41
  • SOR/2017-132, s. 10
  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), the concentration of an airborne chemical agent or combination of chemical agents in a work place shall be less than 50 per cent of the lower explosive limit of the chemical agent or combination of chemical agents.

  • (2) Where a source of ignition may ignite the concentration of an airborne chemical agent or combination of chemical agents in a work place, that concentration shall not exceed 10 per cent of the lower explosive limit of the chemical agent or combination of chemical agents.

  • (3) Subsection (1) does not apply if

    • (a) the work place is a Class I Division 1 or a Class I Division 2 area, as defined in section 18 of the Canadian Electrical Code;

    • (b) the work place is equipped with an alarm system that will automatically be activated when the concentration referred to in subsection (1) exceeds 60 per cent of the lower explosive limit of the chemical agent or combination of chemical agents; and

    • (c) no employee is exposed to a level in excess of 75 per cent of the lower explosive limit of the chemical agent or combination of chemical agents.

  •  (1) Compressed air shall be used in such a manner that the air is not directed forcibly against any person.

  • (2) The use of compressed air shall not result in a concentration of an airborne hazardous substance that is in excess of the values for the hazardous substance referred to in subsections 11.23(1) or (1.1).

  • SOR/88-199, s. 19
  • SOR/2014-141, s. 6
  • SOR/2017-132, s. 11

Explosives

  •  (1) No detonator shall be stored with an explosive that is not a detonator.

  • (2) No detonator shall be stored with a detonator of a different type.

  • (3) Not more than 75 kg of explosives shall be stored on a drilling unit or offshore production facility.

  • (4) Explosives shall be stored in a locked container that is accessible only to a qualified person.

  •  (1) Explosives shall be used, stored and controlled by a qualified person.

  • (2) The qualified person referred to in subsection (1) shall make a record of all explosives used or stored by him or removed for use.

  • (3) The record shall be made readily available in any form, as determined in consultation with the policy committee or, if there is no policy committee, the safety and health committee or the safety and health representative, and shall contain

    • (a) the type and amount of explosives used, stored or removed for use;

    • (b) the date of use, storage or removal;

    • (c) particulars of the use of the explosive; and

    • (d) the name of the qualified person who made the record.

  • SOR/2016-141, s. 42

Radiation Emitting Devices

  •  (1) Where a device that is capable of producing and emitting energy in the form of electromagnetic waves or accoustical waves is used in a work place, the employer shall, if the device is referred to in subsection (2), adopt and implement the applicable safety code of the Bureau of Radiation and Medical Devices of the Department of National Health and Welfare as specified in that subsection.

  • (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), the applicable safety code is

    • (a) in respect of radiofrequency and microwave devices in the frequency range 10 MHz-300 GHz, Safety Code — 6, dated February 1979;

    • (b) in respect of X-ray equipment in medical diagnosis, Safety Code — 20A, dated 1981;

    • (c) in respect of baggage inspection X-ray equipment, Safety Code — 21, dated May 1978;

    • (d) in respect of dental X-ray equipment, Safety Code — 22, dated 1981;

    • (e) in respect of ultrasound, Safety Code — 23, dated 1980 and Safety Code — 24, dated 1980; and

    • (f) in respect of short-wave diathermy, Safety Code — 25, dated 1983.

 
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