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Emergency Procedures and Pandemic Planning

Last updated: July 2019

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Listed below are selected sections of legislation which refer to general emergency procedures and pandemic planning. Specific environments and situations, such as evacuations from confined spaces, may require tailored plans and have dedicated regulations. Legislation interpretation and enforcement varies by jurisdiction. Please see the Canadian Governmental Occupational Health & Safety Departments ( 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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As made under the Canada Labour Code, Part II, R.S.C. 1985, c. L-2,

Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, SOR/86-304

Part XVII, Safe Occupancy of the Work Place

Section 17.1 Interpretation

Section 17.2, Application

Section 17.3, Fire Protection Equipment

Section 17.4, Emergency Evacuation Plan

Section 17.5, Emergency Procedures

Section 17.6, Instructions and Training

Sections 17.7 - 17.8, Emergency Wardens

Section 17.9, Inspections

Section 17.10, Meetings of Emergency Wardens and Drills

Sections 17.11 - 17.12, Fire Hazard Areas

On Board Trains Occupational Safety and Health Regulations, SOR/87-184

Part XIII, Safe Occupancy of the Work Place

Section 13.1, Interpretation

Section 13.2 - 13.6, Fire Extinguishers

Section 13.7, Emergency Procedures

Section 13.8, Moving and Coupling

Section 13.9, Instructions and Training

Emergencies Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. 22 (4th Supp.)


As made under the Occupational Health And Safety Act, S.A. 2017, c. O‑2.1,

Occupational Health and Safety Code, 2009

Part 7, Emergency Preparedness and Response

Dangerous Goods Transportation and Handling Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. D-4

Section 21, Emergency response assistance plans

As made under the Oil and Gas Conservation Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. O-6,

Oil and Gas Conservation Regulation, Alta. Reg. 151/71

Part 8, Emergency Preparedness and Response

As made under the Oil Sands Conservation Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. O-7

Oil Sands Conservation Regulation, Alta. Reg. 76/88

Section 8, Emergency response plan

Public Health Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. P-37

See also:

Directive 071: Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements For the Upstream Petroleum Industry, November 18, 2008

British Columbia

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

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

Part 3, Rights and Responsibilities

Section 3.11, Emergency circumstances

Part 4, General Conditions

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Section 4.13, Risk assessment

Section 4.14, Emergency procedures

Section 4.16, Training

Section 4.17, Notification of fire departments

Section 4.18, Notification of utilities

Part 5, Chemical Substances and Biological Agents

Emergency Procedures

Section 5.97, Emergency plan

Section 5.98, Inventory

Section 5.99, Risk assessment

Section 5.100, Procedures for evacuation

Section 5.101, Procedures for spill cleanup and re-entry

Section 5.102, Training and drills

Part 21, Blasting Operations


Section 21.28, Emergency procedures

Part 22, Underground Workings

Working Requirements

Section 22.36, Illumination

Emergency Requirements

Section 22.47, Procedures

Section 22.48, Coordination

Section 22.49, Evacuation procedure

Section 22.50, Refuge stations

Section 22.51, Rescue workers

Section 22.52, Self-contained breathing apparatus

Section 22.53, Dangerous conditions

Section 22.54, Fire prevention and control

Section 22.55, Flammable gas restriction

Section 22.56, Equipment fire extinguishers

Section 22.57, Accounting for workers

Part 24, Diving, Fishing and Other Marine Operations

Diving Operations

Section 24.17, Safe diving procedures

Section 24.19, Crew briefing

Fishing Operations

Section 24.74, Emergency procedures

As made under the Environmental Management Act, S.B.C. 2003, c. 53,

Asphalt Plant Regulation, B.C. Reg. 217/97

Part 2, Hot-in-place Asphalt Recycling

Section 7, Maintenance of plant and emergency procedures

Hazardous Waste Regulation, B.C. Reg. 63/88

Part 3, Operational Requirements for All Hazardous Waste Facilities

Section 9, Prevention of fire, explosion and accidental reactions

Section 10, Spill protection and reporting

Section 11, Contingency plan

Section 12, Emergency systems testing

Section 13, Personnel training

Public Health Act, S.B.C. 2008, c. 28

See also:

Guide to Occupational Health and Safety Information in British Columbia, Seventh Edition, 2010

Guidelines for Industry Emergency Response Plans, July, 2002

Health and Safety for Agriculture 2014 edition


Workplace Safety and Health Act, R.S.M. 1987, c. W210

Section 7.4, Establishment of workplace safety and health program

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

Section 13.5, Emergency exits

Operation of Mines Regulation, Man. Reg. 212/2011

Part 5, Emergency Preparedness And Fire Protection

Fires Prevention and Emergency Response Act, C.C.S.M. c. F80

Public Health Act, C.C.S.M., c. P210

Swimming Pools and Other Water Recreational Facilities Regulation, Man. Reg. 132/97

Schedule C.1, Emergency Procedures and Instructions

New Brunswick

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

Section 14, Occupational Health Service

Section 27 [Emergency lighting]

Section 50.2 [Fall-protection code of practice]

Section 51 [Water Safety]

Section 113, Access and Egress

Section 263 [Confined space]

Section 266 [Confined space]

First Aid Regulation - Occupational Health and Safety Act, N.B. Reg. 2004-130

Section 5, Emergency communication procedure

Section 6, Emergency transportation

Fire Prevention Act, R.S.N.B. 1973, c. F-13

Fire Extinguisher Servicing Regulation - Fire Prevention Act, N.B. Reg. 82-239

Fire Prevention and Inspection Regulation - Fire Prevention Act, N.B. Reg. 82-20

Public Health Act, S.N.B. 1998, c. P-22.4

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 III, General Duties

Section 12, Occupational health and safety program

Part V, General Health and Safety Requirements

Section 38, Emergency plan risk assessment

Section 39, Emergency procedures

Section 40, Emergency lighting

Section 41, Emergency training

See also:

Section 63, Emergency washing facilities

Section 86, Inspection and maintenance of respiratory protection equipment

Section 459, Exits and doors

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Regulations, 2018 C.N.L.R. 34/18

Section 6, Instructions to workers

Fire Protection Services Act, S.N.L. 2008, c. F-11.01

Fire Protection Services Regulations, N.L.R. 45/12

Health and Community Services Acts, S.N.L. 1995, c. P-37.1

As made under the Petroleum and Natural Gas Act, R.S.N.L. 1990, c. P-10

Petroleum Drilling Regulations, N.L.R. 1150/96

Section 11, Contingency plans

Northwest Territories

As amended by Safety Act, R.S.N.W.T. 1988, c. S-1,

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, R-039-2015

Section 15, Duty of principal contractor to inform

Section 16, Supervision of work

Section 17, Duty to inform workers

Section 18, Training of workers

Fire Prevention Act, R.S.N.W.T. 1988, c. F-6

Fire Prevention Regulations, R.R.N.W.T. 1990, c. F-12

Public Health Act, S.N.W.T. 2007, c. 17

Nova Scotia

Occupational Health and Safety Act, S.N.S. 1996, c. 7

Occupational Health and Safety Policy, Section 27

Occupational Health and Safety Program, Section 28

Health Protection Act, S.N.S. 2004, c. 4


As amended by the Mine Health and Safety Act (Nunavut), S.N.W.T, 1994, c. 25

Mine Health and Safety Regulations, R-125-95

Part I, General Design and Operating Procedures

Ground Stability Design

Section 1.116

Section 1.119, Description of Plans

Section 1.159, Inspections

As amended by the Safety Act, R.S.N.W.T. 1988, c. S-1,

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, R-003-2016

Part 3, General Duties

Section 15, Duty of principal contractor to inform

Section 16, Supervision of work

Section 18, Training of workers

Section 21, Occupational health and safety program

See also:

Section 31, Work if visibility restricted

Section 36, Late night premises

Section 60, First aid station

Section 66, Asphyxiation and poisoning

Section 67, Additional provisions

Section 73, Lighting

Section 91, Respiratory protective devices

Section 92, Inspection of respiratory protective devices

Section 285, Before working in compressed or rarefied air

Section 286, Workers in working chamber

Section 317, Accumulations, spills and leaks

Section 319, Emergency showers

Section 320, Eye flushing equipment

Section 325, Worker training

Section 372, Asbestos processes

Section 394, Fire safety plan

Section 462, Emergency program

Section 466, Cytotoxic drugs

Section 474, Ethylene oxide sterilizers

Section 478, Plan for response to emergency incident

Section 480, General standards for vehicles and equipment


Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.9

Standards O. Reg. 380/04

Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.1

Subsection 25(2)(j), Duties of employer

Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, March 2015

Industrial Establishments, R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 851

Part I, Safety Regulations

Fire Prevention - Protection

Sections 22 - 23

Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997, S.O. 1997, c. 4

Fire Code, O. Reg. 213/07

Fire Safety Planning for Industrial Occupancies, July 2000

Role of the Ministry in Spills and Emergencies, GUIDELINE G-1

Prince Edward Island

Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.P.E.I. 1988, c. O-1.01

Section 12, Duties of employers

Section 23, Occupational health and safety program

Fire Prevention Act, R.S.P.E.I. 1988, c. F-11

Codes and Standards Order, EC16/85

Extinguisher Service Agencies Regulations, E.C. 585/88

Fire Prevention Act Regulations, E.C. 15/85

Public Health Act, S.P.E.I. 2012, c. 20


Act Respecting Occupational Health and Safety, R.S.Q., c. S-2.1,

Regulation respecting industrial and commercial establishments, R.R.Q. S-2.1, r.9

Division II, General Provisions

Section 2.2, Duties of the head of establishment

Division IV, Means of Egress and Fire Protection

Section 4.1, Means of egress

Section 4.2, Protection of vertical openings

Section 4.3, Automatic extinguishers

Section 4.4, Standpipe and hose system

Section 4.6, Fire alarm and detection systems

Regulation respecting occupational health and safety, R.R.Q., c. S-2.1, r.19.01 O.C. 885-2001

Division IV, Emergency Safety Precautions

Section 34, Evacuation plan

Section 35, Drills

Section 36, Portable fire extinguishers

Section 37, Operating conditions

Section 38, Emergency systems

Fire Safety Act, R.S.Q., c. S-3.4

Public Health Act, R.S.Q., c. S-2.2


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

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

Part III, General Duties

Subsection 17(1)(b)(v), Supervision of work

Subsection 19(2)(a), Training of workers

Subsections 22(1)(b) - (c), Occupational health and safety program

Fire Safety Act, S.S. c. F-15.11

Public Health Act, S.S. 1994, c. P-37.1


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 1, General

Workplace General Requirements

Section 1.50, Access, egress and emergency egress

Section 1.53, Fire hazards

Section 1.57, Emergency lighting

Doorways and Emergency Exits

Section 1.69, Emergency exits

Oil and Gas Drilling and Production Regulations, O.I.C 2004/158

Part 12, Safety and Environmental Protection

Subsection 153(4), Safety and environmental protection plans

Section 154, Contingency plans

Schedule A, Determination of Emergency Planning Zone Radius

Fire Prevention Act, R.S.Y. 2002, c. 89

Fire Safety Regulation, 2015, O.I.C. 2015/252

Public Health and Safety Act, R.S.Y. 2002, c. 176


CSA Z731-M91, Emergency Planning for Industry

CSA Z731-95 (R2002), Emergency Planning for Industry

CSA Z731-03 (R2014), Emergency Preparedness and Response