Water Hazards in the Workplace
Government regulations, company policies and insurance requirements dictate safe practices in the workplace.
Immersion injury including hypothermia is a major contributor to workplace accidents, disability and death.
The following industrial regulations, from the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act, typically apply in US and Canada:
||86. Where a worker is exposed to the hazard of falling into liquid that is of sufficient depth for a life jacket to be effective as protection from the risk of drowning, there shall be an alarm system and rescue equipment, appropriate in the circumstances, to ensure the worker's rescue from the liquid and,
(a) the worker shall wear a life jacket; and
(b) the employer shall develop written measures and procedures to prevent the worker from drowning and shall implement them.