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Get On Board with Workplace Safety 

If your job requires you to spend time out on open water, it’s that much more important to be prepared in case of an emergency.

Take a quick look at the list below to ensure that you’re complying with legislation in addition to keeping everyone on board safe.

  • An airtight container with at least 6 self-igniting signal flares inside.
  • A complete first aid kit (one for each group of 24 workers) that everyone is aware of and has access to.
  • A life jacket or personal flotation device for every person on the boat. These need to be stored in a place that can be reached by the worker at all times and the minimum required buoyancy is 34 lbs – pool noodles won’t cut it!
  • An approved flotation device like a lifebuoy 30 inches in diameter (different than a life jacket), with 27 metres of floating line attached.

Did You Know?
If you’re working alone on a boat, the life jacket or personal flotation device must be worn at all times.

For a full list of what you need to know for safe boating practices, check out SAFE Work Manitoba’s bulletin for open water fishing.