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 XIIISafety Materials, Equipment, Devices and Clothing (continued)

Respiratory Protection (continued)

 Where a steel or aluminum self-contained breathing apparatus cylinder has a dent deeper than 1.5 mm and less than 50 mm in major diameter or shows evidence of deep isolated pitting, cracks or splits, the cylinder shall be removed from service until it has been shown to be safe for use by means of a hydrostatic test at a pressure equal to one and one-half times the maximum allowable working pressure.

  • SOR/94-165, s. 50

Skin Protection

 Where there is a hazard of injury or disease to or through the skin in a work place, the employer shall provide to every person granted access to the work place

  • (a) a shield or screen;

  • (b) a cream or barrier lotion to protect the skin; or

  • (c) an appropriate body covering.

Fall-Protection Systems

  •  (1) Where a person, other than an employee who is installing or removing a fall-protection system in accordance with the instructions referred to in subsection (5), works from

    • (a) an unguarded structure that is

      • (i) more than 2.4 m above the nearest permanent safe level,

      • (ii) above any moving parts of machinery or any other surface or thing that could cause injury to an employee upon contact,

      • (iii) above an open hopper, vat or pit, or

      • (iv) above water more than 1 m deep, or

    • (b) a ladder at a height of more than 2.4 m above the nearest permanent safe level where, because of the nature of the work, that person can use only one hand to hold onto the ladder,

    the employer shall provide a fall-protection system.

  • (2) The components of a fall-protection system shall meet the following standards:

    • (a) CSA Standard Z259.1-1976, Fall-Arresting Safety Belts and Lanyards for the Construction and Mining Industries, the English version of which is dated November 1976, as amended to May 1979 and the French version of which is dated April 1980;

    • (b) CSA Standard Z259.2-M1979, Fall-Arresting Devices, Personnel Lowering Devices and Life Lines, the English version of which is dated November 1979 and the French version of which is dated October 1983; and

    • (c) CSA Standard Z259.3-M1978, Lineman’s Body Belt and Lineman’s Safety Strap, the English version of which is dated September 1978, as amended to April 1981, and the French version of which is dated April 1980, as amended to April 1981.

  • (3) The anchor of a fall-protection system shall be capable of withstanding a force of 17.8 kN.

  • (4) A fall-protection system that is used to arrest the fall of a person shall prevent that person

    • (a) from being subjected to a peak fall arrest force greater than 8 kN; and

    • (b) from falling freely for more than 1.2 m.

  • (5) Every employee required to install or remove a fall-protection system in a work place shall be instructed and trained by the employer in the procedures to be followed for the installation or removal of the system.

Emergency Escape Devices

  •  (1) Where practicable, an emergency escape device that is equipped with a brake mechanism that controls the descent of persons using the device shall be provided in the derrick of a drilling rig or an elevated part of a production facility.

  • (2) The employer shall set out in writing working instructions for the use of the device referred to in subsection (1).

  • (3) The instructions referred to in subsection (2) shall be kept in a conspicuous place on the drilling rig or production facility.

  • (4) An emergency escape device referred to in subsection (1) shall be installed, inspected and maintained by a qualified person.

Protection Against Drowning

  •  (1) Where, in a work place, there is a hazard of drowning, the employer shall provide every person granted access to the work place with

    • (a) a life jacket or personal flotation device that meets the standards set out in the Canadian General Standards Board Standard

      • (i) CAN2-65.7-M80, Life Jackets, Inherently Buoyant Type, dated April 1980, or

      • (ii) 65-GP-11, Standard for: Personal Flotation Devices, dated October 1972; or

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

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

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

    • (b) a qualified person to operate all the emergency equipment provided shall be readily available;

    • (c) if appropriate, a powered rescue boat shall be provided and held in readiness; and

    • (d) written emergency procedures shall be prepared by the employer containing

      • (i) a full description of the procedures to be followed and the responsibilities of all persons granted access to the work place, and

      • (ii) the location of any emergency equipment.

  • (3) Where a work place is a wharf, dock, pier, quay or other similar structure, a ladder that extends at least two rungs below water level shall, where reasonably practicable, be installed on the face of the structure every 60 m along its length.

  • SOR/94-165, s. 51(F)

Loose-fitting Clothing

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

Protection from Extreme Temperatures

 Where there is a likelihood that exposure of an employee to extreme temperatures could result in the employee suffering from hypothermia or hyperthermia, protection equipment suitable to protect the employee from the hazard shall be used.

Protection Against Moving Vehicles

 Where an employee is regularly exposed to a hazard resulting from contact with moving vehicles during his work, he shall wear a high-visibility vest or other high-visibility clothing.

Fire Protection Equipment

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), every onshore drilling rig shall be equipped with

    • (a) at least one portable fire extinguisher with a 40 BC rating, as defined in the ULC Standard, that is readily accessible from

      • (i) each boiler,

      • (ii) the drill floor or doghouse,

      • (iii) the enclosure for the choke manifold,

      • (iv) every enclosure housing a fuel-fired engine or heating unit, and

      • (v) every welding unit; and

    • (b) at least one portable multipurpose fire extinguisher with an 80 BC rating, as defined in the ULC Standard.

  • (2) Fire protection equipment shall be installed, inspected and maintained for every work place onshore in accordance with the standards set out in Parts 6 and 7 of the National Fire Code.

  • (3) For the purpose of interpreting the standards referred to in subsection (2), “acceptable” means appropriate.

  • (4) Every work place shall be equipped with the fire protection equipment that is appropriate for fighting any class of fire that may occur.

  • (5) No person shall tamper with or activate without cause any fire protection equipment.

 All fire protection equipment shall be

  • (a) inspected by a qualified person at least once a month; and

  • (b) tested, maintained and repaired by a qualified person.

Records

  •  (1) A record of all protection equipment provided by the employer and requiring maintenance shall be kept for as long as the equipment is in use.

  • (2) The record referred to in subsection (1) shall contain

    • (a) a description of the protection equipment and the date of its acquisition by the employer;

    • (b) the date and result of each inspection and test of the protection equipment;

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

    • (d) the name of the qualified person who performed the inspection, test, maintenance or repair of the protection equipment.

 
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