OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 18 Personal Protective Equipment

Section 240 Compliance with standards

Subsection 240(1)

A life jacket meeting Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) Standard CAN/CGSB-65.7-M88, Lifejackets, Inherently Buoyant Type, provides a minimum buoyant force of 93 newtons (21 pounds-force) and is often of the “keyhole” style. The colour may be bright yellow, orange or red. The life jacket is designed to provide support for the head so the face of an unconscious person is held above the water with the body inclined backwards from the vertical position. The jacket must have a permanent label identifying the

(a) standard it meets,
(b) size of the jacket,
(c) mass (weight) of the person for which the jacket is designed,
(d) name of the manufacturer,
(e) lot number,
(f) date of manufacture, and
(g) Transport Canada approval number.

Subsection 240(2)

Personal flotation devices meeting CGSB Standard CAN/CGSB-65.11-M88, Personal Flotation Devices, are the most common and generally the most comfortable personal flotation device, offering up to 69 newtons (15.5 pounds-force) of buoyancy. A device meeting this Standard is not required to turn an unconscious person from a facedown position in the water to a position where the wearer’s face is out of the water. The shell colour is bright yellow, orange or red. These devices can be either the vest or “key hole” style. The device must have a permanent label or marking identifying the

(a) standard it meets,
(b) date of manufacture,
(c) acceptable chest size,
(d) name of manufacturer, and
(e) Transport Canada approval number.