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Confined Space Entry

Last updated: January 2017

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Listed below are selected sections of legislation which refer to confined space entry. Legislation interpretation and enforcement varies by jurisdiction. Please see the Canadian Governmental Occupational Health & Safety Departments (http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/information/govt.html) for contact information. For a more in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the legislative requirements please review the Canadian enviroOSH Legislation service plus Standards service.

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OSH Answers

Confined Space - Introduction

Confined Space - Program

Canada

Canada Labour Code, Part II, R.S.C., 1985, c. L-2

Canada Occupational Safety and Health Regulations (SOR/86-304) Part XI

Maritime Occupational Safety and Health Regulations (SOR/2010-120) Part 14

Oil and Gas Occupational Safety and Health Regulations (SOR/87-612) Part XII

Territorial Lands Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. T-7

Canada Oil and Gas Drilling and Production Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1517) Section 78

Also see: Confined Spaces - No Easy Way Out

Alberta

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. O-2:

Occupational Health and Safety Code, 2009

Part 5 - Confined Spaces, Sections 44 to 58

See also:

Occupational Health and Safety Code Explanation Guide 2009

British Columbia

As made under the Workers Compensation Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 492:

Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, B.C. Reg. 296/97

Part 9, Confined Spaces

Also: Sections 23.82-23.86 ; Section 31.5

For Guidelines and links, see " Confined Space " page on Worksafe BC website

Manitoba

As made under the Workplace Safety and Health Act, R.S.M. 1987, c. W210:

Workplace Safety and Health Regulation, Man. Reg. 217/2006

Part 15 - Confined Spaces

Code of Practice for Confined Space Entry Work (November, 2006)

New Brunswick

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, A.N.B. 1983, c. O-0.2:

General Regulation - Occupational Health and Safety Act, N.B. Reg. 91-191

Part XVII, Confined Space with addition references in Section 18 ; Section 51.7 ; Section 179 ; and Section 337

Newfoundland and Labrador

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.N.L. 1990, c. O-3:

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2012, N.L.R. 5/12

Part XXVII, Confined Space Entry

With addition references in

Section 38, Emergency plan risk assessment

Section 440, Unique blasting operation

Northwest Territories

As made under Safety Act, R.S.N.W.T. 1988, c. S-1:

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, R-039-2015

Part 18, Confined Space Entry

With addition references in

Section 14, Young persons

Section 390, Sandblasting

Mine Health and Safety Act, S.N.W.T, 1994, c. 25

Mine Health and Safety Regulations, R-125-95, Part VIII - Division 2

Nova Scotia

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, S.N.S. 1996, c. 7:

Occupational Safety General Regulations, N.S. Reg. 44/99

Part 12, Confined Space Entry

With an addition reference in section 197

General Blasting Regulations, N.S. Reg. 77/90

Section 15 and Section 19

Ontario

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.1:

Confined Spaces, O. Reg. 632/05

Confined Spaces Guideline (September 2006)

Prince Edward Island

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.P.E.I. 1988, c. O-1.01:

Occupational Health and Safety Act General Regulations, E.C. 180/87

Part 13, Confined Space

also referenced in Section 7.3

Quebec

As made under the Act respecting occupational health and safety, CQLR c. S-2.1

Safety Code for the Construction Industry, CQLR c. S-2.1, r. 4

§ 3.21. Work in confined space

Saskatchewan

As made under the Saskatchewan Employment Act, S.S. 2013, c. S-15.1

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996, R.R.S., c. O-1.1, r. 1

Part XVIII, Confined Space Entry

also referenced in

Section 14 , Section 356 , and Paragraph 479(i)

Yukon

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.Y. 2002, c. 159:

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, O.I.C. 2006/178

Part 2, Confined Spaces

also referenced in

Section 4.15, Usage

Section 17.79, Entering confined spaces

Section 17.81, Openings secured