Dalhousie Law Journal


offshore, Canada, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, occupational health and safety, Atlantic Accord, oil, gas, petroleum, workers


The Governments of Canada, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador are moving to enshrine existing offshore occupational health and safety (OHS) practices into the Atlantic Accord legislation governing the regulation of petroleum-related activity off the eastern coast of Canada. The proposed OHS amendments discussed in this paper are intended to provide a comprehensive legal framework to achieve the same kind of protection for offshore workers that onshore workers currently enjoy. Application of occupational health and safety laws in the offshore will be clarified so that these amendments, and not other federal or provincial OHS laws, will apply to any workplace in the Nova Scotia or Newfoundland and Labrador offshore areas.