The purpose of this document is to provide general guidelines to all Yukon government employees on PPE - "Buoyancy Protective Equipment."
For detailed information regarding "PPE - buoyancy equipment," please review Yukon Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (YOHSR), Part 1: General, Section 1.34 – 1.36.
While operating, or riding as a passenger in, a boat, all employees are required to wear a Transport Canada-approved, personal flotation device or lifejacket. In addition, all employees may carry, in an accessible and secured waterproof bag, the following:
- a bear-spray canister in a holster securely attached to clothing (belt, trousers or cruisers vest).
- an appropriate backpack containing basic safety equipment that will allow you to call for help and survive up to 24 hours if you become injured, lost or stranded.
- each member of a field party must carry a VHF radio if they are separated beyond the distance of voice travel, while remaining in distance of sight.
- one member of a field party must carry a satellite telephone with spare battery.
In addition, all boats owned, leased or used by YG employees are required to carry additional safety equipment as prescribed in the Small Vessel Regulations made under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 for the type and size of boat being used. Depending upon the type and size of boat, such equipment may include some or all of the following: a baling device, a floating line at least 15m long, a life ring, oars or paddles, a sound signalling device, a waterproof flashlight, a re-boarding device and a fire extinguisher.