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 XVMaterials Handling (continued)

DIVISION IIMaintenance, Operation and Use (continued)

Inspection, Testing and Maintenance (continued)

  •  (1) The operation, maintenance and inspection of all draw works and associated equipment shall meet the standards set out in the API Standard API RP 8B, API Recommended Practice for Hoisting Tool Inspection and Maintenance Procedures, Fourth Edition, dated April 1979.

  • (2) The operation, maintenance and inspection of offshore cranes shall meet the standards set out in the API Standard API RP 2D API Recommended Practice for Operation and Maintenance of Offshore Cranes, Second Edition, dated June 20, 1984.

Ropes, Slings and Chains

 The employer shall, with respect to the use and maintenance of any rope or sling or any attachment or fitting thereon used by an employee, adopt and implement the recommendations set out in chapter 5 of the Accident Prevention Manual for Industrial Operations, Engineering and Technology, 8th Edition, published by the National Safety Council of the United States, dated 1980.

 The employer shall, with respect to the use and maintenance of any chain used by an employee, adopt and implement the code of practice set out in CSA Standard B75-1947, Code of Practice for the Use and Care of Chain, dated May 1947.

Training

  •  (1) Every operator shall be instructed and trained by the employer in the procedures to be followed for

    • (a) the inspection of the materials handling equipment;

    • (b) the fuelling of the materials handling equipment, where applicable; and

    • (c) the safe and proper use of the materials handling equipment.

  • (2) Every employer shall keep a record of any instruction or training given to an operator for as long as the operator remains in his employ.

Operation

 No employer shall require an employee to operate materials handling equipment unless the employee is a qualified person.

  •  (1) No person shall operate materials handling equipment unless

    • (a) he has a clear and unobstructed view of the area in which the equipment is being operated; or

    • (b) he is directed by a signaller.

  • (2) No materials handling equipment shall be used on a ramp with a slope greater than the maximum slope recommended by the manufacturer of the equipment.

  • (3) No person shall leave mobile equipment unattended unless the equipment has been properly secured to prevent it from moving.

  •  (1) Every employer shall establish a code of signals for the purposes of paragraph 15.30(1)(b) and shall

    • (a) instruct every signaller and operator employed by him in the use of the code; and

    • (b) keep a copy of the code in a place where it is readily available for examination by the signallers, operators and other employees.

  • (2) No signaller shall perform duties other than signalling while any materials handling equipment under his direction is in motion.

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), where it is not practicable for a signaller to use visual signals, a telephone, radio or other signalling device shall be provided by the employer for the use of the signaller.

  • (2) No radio transmitting equipment shall be used in any work place for the transmission of signals when such use may activate electric blasting equipment in that place.

Repairs

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), any repair, modification or replacement of a part of any materials handling equipment shall not decrease the safety of the materials handling equipment or part.

  • (2) If a part of less strength or quality than the original part is used in the repair, modification or replacement of a part of any materials handling equipment, the use of the materials handling equipment shall be restricted by the employer to such loading and use as will ensure the retention of the original safety of the equipment or part.

Transporting and Positioning Employees

  •  (1) Materials handling equipment shall not be used for transporting an employee unless the equipment is specifically designed for that purpose.

  • (2) Materials handling equipment shall not be used for positioning an employee unless the equipment is

    • (a) equipped with a platform, bucket or basket designed for that purpose; and

    • (b) provided with a fail-safe control system that will prevent a free fall of the load that is carried.

Loading, Unloading and Maintenance

 No materials, goods or things shall be picked up from or placed on any mobile equipment while the equipment is in motion unless the equipment is specifically designed for that purpose.

 Except in the case of an emergency, no employee shall get on or off any mobile equipment while it is in motion.

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no repair, maintenance or cleaning work shall be performed on any materials handling equipment while the materials handling equipment is being operated.

  • (2) Fixed parts of materials handling equipment may be repaired, maintained or cleaned while the materials handling equipment is being operated if they are so isolated or protected that the operation of the materials handling equipment does not affect the safety of the employee performing the repair, maintenance or cleaning work.

  • SOR/94-165, s. 58(E)

Positioning the Load

 Where mobile equipment is travelling with a raised or suspended load, the operator shall ensure that the load is carried as close to the ground, floor or deck as the situation permits and in no case shall the load be carried at a point above the centre of gravity of the loaded mobile equipment.

Tools

 Where tools, tool boxes or spare parts are carried on materials handling equipment, they shall be securely stored.

Housekeeping

 The floor, cab and other occupied parts of materials handling equipment shall be kept free of any grease, oil, materials, tools or equipment that may cause a hazard to an employee.

Parking

 No mobile equipment shall be parked in any place where it may interfere with the safe movement of persons, materials, goods or things.

Materials Handling Area

  •  (1) The main approaches to any materials handling area shall be posted with warning signs or shall be under the control of a signaller while operations are in progress.

  • (2) No person shall enter a materials handling area while operations are in progress unless that person

    • (a) is the Minister;

    • (b) is an employee whose presence in the materials handling area is essential to the conduct, supervision or safety of the operations; or

    • (c) is a person who has been instructed by the employer to be in the materials handling area while operations are in progress.

  • (3) If any person other than a person referred to in subsection (2) enters a materials handling area while operations are in progress, the employer shall cause the operations in that area to be immediately discontinued and not resumed until that person has left the area.

  • SOR/2014-148, s. 25

Dumping

 Where mobile equipment designed for dumping is used to discharge a load that may cause the mobile equipment to tip,

  • (a) a bumping block shall be used, or

  • (b) a signaller shall give directions to the operator

to prevent the mobile equipment from tipping.

Enclosed Work Place

 Every enclosed work place in which materials handling equipment that is powered by an internal combustion engine is used shall be ventilated in such a manner that the carbon monoxide concentration in the atmosphere of the work place does not exceed the limit prescribed in section 11.23.

  • SOR/2014-141, s. 9

Fuelling

 Where materials handling equipment is fuelled in a work place, the fuelling shall be done in accordance with the instructions given by the employer pursuant to section 15.23 in a place where the vapours from the fuel are readily dissipated.

Cranes

 No person shall operate a crane under conditions that are likely to create a hazard to any person, ship, aircraft, vehicle, load or structure or to the stability of the crane.

  •  (1) Every crane shall

    • (a) have posted inside the crane control cab a load capacity chart that specifies the boom angle and safe working load for each block;

    • (b) be equipped with

      • (i) boom and block travel limiting devices, and

      • (ii) where the load rating of the crane is more than 5 t, a load measure device for the main block.

  • (2) All crane hooks shall be equipped with safety catches.

  • (3) No person shall move a crane in the vicinity of a helicopter deck when a helicopter is landing or taking off.

 
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