OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 1 Definitions and General Application

Section 1 Definitions


machinery” means a combination of mechanical parts that transmits from one part to another, or otherwise modifies, force, motion or energy that comes from hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical or electrical reactions or from other sources, and includes vehicles;

magazine” with respect to explosives means a building, storehouse, structure or place in which an explosive is kept or stored, but does not include

(a) a vehicle in which an explosive is kept for the purpose of moving the explosive from place to place, or,

(b) a place at which the blending or assembling of the non-explosive component parts of an explosive is allowed;

manufacturer’s rated capacity” means the maximum capacity, speed, load, depth of operation or working pressure, as the case may be, recommended by the specifications of the manufacturer of the equipment for the operation of the equipment under the circumstances prevailing at the time it is operated;

manufacturer’s specifications” means the written specifications, instructions or recommendations, if any, of the manufacturer of equipment or supplies, that describes how the equipment or supplies are to be erected, installed, assembled, started, operated, handled, stored, stopped, calibrated, adjusted, maintained, repaired or dismantled, including a manufacturer’s instruction, operating or maintenance manual or drawings for the equipment;

material hoist” means a hoist that is not designed to lift people;

material safety data sheet” means a document disclosing the information referred to in paragraph 13(a) of the Hazardous Products Act (Canada);

medical sharp” in Part 35 means a needle device, scalpel, lancet, or any other medical device that can reasonably be expected to penetrate the skin or other part of the body;

medium hazard work” means work that is neither low hazard work nor high hazard work;

meets the requirements of” means a manufacturer’s self-declaration that the product complies with the referenced standard is acceptable;

mine” means a working, other than a drill hole made while exploring for a mineral, from which coal, precious or semi-precious minerals, industrial minerals, oil sands or any other material is being extracted;

mine blaster” means a surface mine blaster or an underground mine blaster;

mine entrance” means a surface entrance to a mine at the point above where excavation began or will begin but does not include a mined out area that has been reclaimed;

mine level” in Part 36 means a horizontal excavation in the ground or in strata of an underground mine that is usable

(a) for drainage or ventilation, or

(b) as an entrance or exit for workers or mine materials to or from a mine or part of a mine;

mine material” means material that may be taken into or out of a mine including naturally occurring materials, equipment and supplies;

mine official” means an underground coal mine manager or underground coal mine foreman;

mine plan” means a map, including a profile or section, of a mine, or part of a mine, certified as correct by the mine surveyor;

mine shaft” in Part 36 means an excavation at an angle of 45 degrees or greater from the horizontal that is usable

(a) for drainage or ventilation, or

(b) an entrance or exit for workers or mine materials to or from a mine or part of a mine;

mine site” means a location at which a facility for extracting a mineral by underground, strip, open pit or quarry operations exists or is to be developed, and includes

(a) a mineral processing plant, storage facility or discard disposal facility that exists or is to be developed in connection with a mine, and

(b) all connected access roads;

mine tunnel” in Part 36 means an excavation at an angle of less than 45 degrees from the horizontal, including inclines and declines, that is usable

(a) for drainage or ventilation, or

(b) an entrance or exit for workers or mine materials to or from a mine or part of a mine;

mine wall” means the exposed face of an excavation in a surface mine from ground level to the working level;

misfire” means a drill hole, borehole or device containing an explosive charge that did not explode when detonation was attempted;

mobile crane” means a crane, other than a boom truck, that

(a) incorporates a power driven drum and cable or rope to lift, lower or move loads,

(b) is equipped with a lattice or telescoping boom capable of moving in the vertical plane, and

(c) is mounted on a base or chassis, either crawler or wheel mounted, to provide mobility;

mobile equipment” means equipment that is

(a) capable of moving under its own power or of being pulled or carried, and

(b) not intended to be secured to land or a structure;

musculoskeletal injury” means an injury to a worker of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves, blood vessels or related soft tissues that are caused or aggravated by work and includes overexertion injuries and overuse injuries;