OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 241 Use of jackets and flotation devices

When workers are transported by boat, the employer must ensure that each worker wears a lifejacket. However, as permitted by subsection (3), a personal flotation device – which is generally more comfortable to wear than a lifejacket – may be worn by workers if the work is performed from a boat for an extended period of time. This use of a personal flotation device is conditional on the employer ensuring that a life jacket is readily accessible to each worker on the boat.