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PROVINCIAL OH&S

 

There are a number of provincial regulations that govern occupational health and safety in the NL fishing industry.  Federal regulations have been much of the focus of fish harvester in recent years, as Transport Canada has been introducing new regulatory requirements.  However, it's important for fish harvesters to remember that provincial OH&S regulations apply to fishing vessels/workplaces as well.  The provincial regulations include:

 

Occupational Health & Safety Act

 

 

Occupational Health & Safety Regulations

 

 

Occupational Health and Safety First Aid Regulations

 

 

WHMIS Regulations

 

 

Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Regulations

 

 

 

 

FEDERAL F/V SAFETY

 

In July 2017 Transport Canada introduced new Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations that apply to all fishing vessels that are not more than 24.4 meters in length and not more than 150 gross tonnage.  These regulations include requirements on such things as: stability requirements, lifesaving equipment requirements and requirements for written safety procedures.  Below is a link to the new regulation, as well as links to a couple of documents to help explain the new requirements. 

 

Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations (TC)

 

TC Booklet  - Summarizing New Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations

 

NL-FHSA Summary of the new TC F/V Safety Regulations 

 

 

 

FEDERAL MARINE PERSONNEL

The Marine Personnel Regulations (MPR) of the Canada Shipping Act outline the training requirements for fish harvesters (masters and crew members) operating fishing vessels.  The full regulation/requirement can be found by clicking on the link below.  For more information on the specific crewing/training requirements for your vessel, please contact your nearest Transport Canada office. 

 

Marine Personnel Regulations (MPR)

 

 

 

DFO/PFHCB

The Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board (PFHCB) is a provincially legislated entity responsible for the registration and certification of fish harvesters in NL (owner/operators and crew members).  PFHCB certification criteria and training requirements are very important, as there are linkages between professional certification and DFO federal licensing policy in the NL Region.  Most notably, only Level II certified fish harvesters are eligible to hold federal species licences, and only Level I and Level II harvesters are eligible to act as a substitute (designated) operator on a NL federal species licence.

 

PFHCB Certification Criteria

 

DFO Licencing Policy - NL Region

 

 

 

OTHER REGULATIONS

 

Canada Labour Code

 

Canada Shipping Act (2001)