Aviation Occupational Health and Safety - Know your rights... and your responsibilities! - TP 15106


Learn about changes to the Aviation Occupational Health and Safety Regulations at this website: Aviation Occupational Health & Safety

Four major changes to the new Aviation Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (AOHSR) are

1. First Aid

The changes:

  • modify the training requirements related to first aid (See Section 9.3 of the amended regulations);

  • reduce initial and recurrent training fees – a real benefit to small operators who had to train and re-train their pilots on a regular basis; and

  • require fewer first aid kit items and make some changes to the kit’s content.

Note: Not all items need to be in the kit as long as they are on-board the aircraft (See Sections 9.7 & 9.8 of the amended regulations).


2. Sound level exposure

The changes include:

  • more specific exposure level allowances for allotted time frames (e.g., limit exposure of a 90dBA sound to four hours in a 24-hour time period) (See Schedule: Section 2.4 of the amended regulations); and

  • a new section that requires the employer to appoint a qualified person to carry out an investigation when an employee may be exposed to an A-weighted sound pressure level, equal to or greater than 84dBA (See Section 2.3 of the amended regulations).

3. Temperature

The changes require that the on board air temperature be maintained between 18ºC and 29ºC, when possible (See Part VII of the amended regulations).

4. Hazardous substances

The changes:

  • limit the amount of hazardous substances on board to a minimum, when possible (See Section 5.11 of the amended regulations);

  • require hazardous substance warning signs (can be discrete) to be posted on board aircraft (e.g., in an overhead compartment, in the cupboard of the lavatory, etc.) (See Section 5.12 of the amended regulations); and

  • require employees to know and be able to access Electronic Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) services. This can include email or digital copies – they no longer need to be in a manual (See Paragraph 5.13(2)(c) of the amended regulations).


To learn more about Aviation Occupational Health and Safety, please visit: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/standards/commerce-ohs-menu-2059.htm Disclaimer: The information provided in this publication is intended to be general in nature. It does not replace the Canada Labour Code, Part II or its pursuant Aviation Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.