New Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
– June 2010
New Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II on June 23, 2010 (Vol. 144, No. 13, pages 1047 to 1142).
The new Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, which are currently in force, replace the previous Marine Occupational Safety and Health Regulations.
The Regulations were made under Part II of the Canada Labour Code and prescribe health and safety standards for federally regulated employers in the marine sector to protect the health and safety of their employees on board vessels. The Regulations set similar standards as those set out in the COHSR, but take into account the particular characteristics of vessels as a workplace.
The previous Regulations, which came into force in 1987, needed to be reviewed and updated in order to be consistent with the COHSR, with other regulations made under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, and with certain provisions of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006.
More specifically, the new Regulations include the following:
- the addition of provisions currently contained in the COHSR pertaining to the Hazard Prevention Program and Violence Prevention in the Work Place;
- the updating of references to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 regulations and the incorporation of certain provisions related to occupational health and safety that are contained in the Crew Accommodation Regulations, the Towboat Crew Accommodation Regulations, the Safe Working Practices Regulations and the Tackle Regulations; and
- the inclusion of certain provisions derived from the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, "Title 3. Accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering" and "Title 4. Health protection, medical care, welfare and social security protection."
The proposed Regulations were pre-published in the August 22, 2009 edition of the Canada Gazette, Part I (Vol. 143, No. 34, pages 2535 to 2620). Members of the public had 30 days to submit comments.