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

 Where an emergency switchboard is provided, it shall be independent of the main electrical power supply and shall be located as near as is reasonably practicable to the emergency electrical power supply.

Emergency Procedures

  •  (1) Every employer shall prepare emergency procedures to be implemented

    • (a) if any person commits or threatens to commit an act that is likely to be hazardous to the safety or health of the employer or any employee;

    • (b) when a hazardous occurrence referred to in subsection 16.4(1) occurs;

    • (c) where evacuation is not an appropriate means of ensuring the safety and health of employees; and

    • (d) in the event of a failure of the lighting system.

  • (2) Where two or more employers are engaged in work at the same work place, those employers shall prepare common emergency procedures.

  • (3) A copy of the emergency procedures referred to in subsection (1) or (2) shall be kept up to date and readily accessible to all employees at the work place.

  • SOR/94-165, s. 74

 The emergency procedures referred to in section 18.9 shall contain a full written description of the procedures to be followed by the employees, including

  • (a) the duties of the employees during the execution of the procedures;

  • (b) the name, position, usual location and telephone number of each person responsible for the execution of the procedures;

  • (c) a list of agencies, companies or organizations that could render assistance in the event of an emergency and their telephone numbers; and

  • (d) a list of the emergency and protection equipment required to carry out the procedures.

Emergency Evacuation Plan

 Where the emergency procedures referred to in section 18.9 provide for the evacuation of employees from a work place, an emergency evacuation plan shall be prepared by the employer or employers.

 The emergency evacuation plan referred to in section 18.11 shall include

  • (a) a general layout plan and elevation drawing of the buildings or structures at a work place, including the date and scale of the drawing and the name of the person who verified the drawing;

  • (b) the name, address and telephone number of the owner or owners of the buildings or structures where the work place is located and a list of the tenants, if any;

  • (c) the relative location of other buildings, structures or streets within 30 m of the boundaries of the work place;

  • (d) a statement of the maximum number of people who can safely occupy the work place under normal conditions;

  • (e) a drawing illustrating the arrangement of each level of the buildings or structures at the work place that will clearly show

    • (i) the location of all exits, stairways, elevators, corridors, fire escapes and any other routes of exit,

    • (ii) the location, quantity and type of emergency and protection equipment,

    • (iii) the location of the main emergency shut-down switches for the lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and elevator systems and other electrical equipment,

    • (iv) the location, quantity and type of all communications equipment,

    • (v) the location, number, type, size and capacity of any support craft or other means of transport to be used to evacuate the work place, and

    • (vi) the location of first aid areas and casualty clearing areas; and

  • (f) the estimated amount of time required to complete the execution of the plan under normal conditions.

  • SOR/94-165, s. 75(E)

Instructions and Training

  •  (1) Every employee shall be instructed and trained in

    • (a) the procedures to be followed by him in the event of an emergency; and

    • (b) the location, use and operation of emergency and fire protection equipment.

  • (2) A record of all training provided to an employee in accordance with subsection (1) shall be kept by the employer for as long as the employee remains in his employ.

Emergency Drills

  •  (1) A fire drill shall be conducted at least once

    • (a) every two weeks at each drilling rig, drilling unit and production facility; and

    • (b) every 12 months at every work place other than a work place referred to in paragraph (a).

  • (2) An evacuation drill shall be conducted at least once

    • (a) every week at a drilling unit and an offshore production facility; and

    • (b) every 12 months at a work place other than a work place referred to in paragraph (a).

  • (3) In addition to the drills referred to in subsections (1) and (2), a fire drill and an evacuation drill shall be conducted

    • (a) prior to the commencement of workover, completion, recompletion or stimulation of a well; and

    • (b) after any significant change is made in the emergency procedures or emergency evacuation plan.

  • (4) A blowout prevention drill shall be conducted at least once each week that the blowout preventer is in use.

Standby Craft

 For every drilling operation and production operation, the employer shall provide a standby craft capable of safely evacuating all employees from the work place.

Condition of Employees

 No employee shall work where that employee’s ability to function is impaired as a result of fatigue, illness, alcohol, drugs or any other condition that may be hazardous to the safety or health of any employee at the work place.

  • SOR/94-165, s. 76(F)

 Section 18.16 does not apply in the event of an emergency at the work place that may be hazardous to the safety or health of employees.

Notices and Records

  •  (1) Notices shall be posted at appropriate locations at a work place setting out the emergency procedures to be followed and the escape routes to be used in the event of an emergency.

  • (2) Every employer shall keep a record of all emergency drills and evacuation drills carried out by his employees for one year after the drill.

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

    • (a) the date and time at which the drill was conducted; and

    • (b) the length of time taken by the employees to complete the drill.

  • (4) A copy of the emergency procedures and emergency evacuation plan prepared for the work place shall be kept readily available for examination by employees.

  • (5) The employer shall keep a daily record of each employee present at the work place and of each person granted access to the work place.

  • (6) The record referred to in subsection (5) shall contain

    • (a) the date;

    • (b) the name of the employee or the person granted access to the work place; and

    • (c) the name of the employer.

  • (7) The record referred to in subsection (5) shall be kept by the employer for two months after the date of the last daily entry made therein.

 
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