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)

Cranes (continued)

  •  (1) Tag lines shall be used to control any swinging of a load that is being lifted by a crane except where the use of the lines may be hazardous to the safety of any person.

  • (2) Loads shall not be left hanging by a crane above the deck of a drilling unit or production facility unless the crane operator is at the controls of the crane.

Safe Working Loads

  •  (1) No materials handling equipment shall be used or operated with a load that is in excess of its safe working load.

  • (2) The safe working load of materials handling equipment shall be clearly marked on the equipment or on a label securely attached to a permanent part of the equipment in a position where the mark or label can be easily read by the operator.

Aisles and Corridors

 At blind corners, mirrors shall 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 shall be adequate to permit the mobile equipment and its load to be manoeuvred safely by an operator.

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no materials handling equipment shall be operated in an area in which it may contact 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) Where 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 shall be de-energized and every pipeline containing a hazardous substance shall be shut down and drained before any operation involving the use of materials handling equipment commences within the area.

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

DIVISION IIIManual Handling of Materials

 Where, 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 safety or health of an employee, the employer shall issue instructions that the materials, goods or things shall, where reasonably practicable, not be handled manually.

 Where an employee is required to lift or carry a load in excess of 10 kg manually, the employee shall 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 shall 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) No materials, goods or things shall 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 safety or health of any employee.

PART XVIHazardous Occurrence Investigation, Recording and Reporting

[SOR/94-165, s. 59(F)]

Interpretation

 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 part thereof or in the complete loss of the usefulness of a body member or part thereof, 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)

  • SOR/94-165, s. 60

Report by Employee

 Where an employee becomes aware of an accident or other occurrence arising in the course of or in connection with his work that has caused injury to him or to any other person, he shall without delay report the accident or other occurrence to his employer, orally or in writing.

Investigation

  •  (1) Where an employer is aware of an accident, occupational disease or other hazardous occurrence affecting any of his employees in the course of employment, the employer shall, 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 safety and health committee or the safety and health representative, if either exists, 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), where the hazardous occurrence referred to in subsection (1) is an accident involving a ship or aircraft or a motor vehicle on a public road, the employer shall 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 possible after receipt of the report referred to in subsection (2), the employer shall provide a copy thereof to the safety and health committee or the safety and health representative, if either exists.

  • SOR/94-165, s. 61

Hazardous Occurrence Report

[SOR/94-165, s. 62(F)]
  •  (1) The employer shall 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 16.3 to the Minister and to the safety and health committee or the safety and health representative, if either exists, as soon as feasible but not later than 24 hours after becoming aware of the occurrence, if 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 safety or health 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) shall be submitted by the employer within 14 days after the occurrence to

    • (a) the Minister; and

    • (b) the safety and health committee or the safety and health representative, if either exists.

  • (3) The report referred to in subsection (2) shall be in the form set out in Schedule I to this Part and contain the information required by the form.

  • SOR/88-199, s. 19
  • SOR/94-165, s. 63
  • SOR/2014-141, s. 14(F)
  • SOR/2014-148, s. 26

 If an investigation referred to in subsection 16.3(2) reveals that the accident resulted in a circumstance referred to in subsection 16.4(1), the employer shall, 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 Minister.

  • SOR/2014-148, s. 27

Minor Injury Record

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

  • (2) A record made pursuant to subsection (1) shall 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.

 
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