Equivalent Standards and Exemptions

The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Acts specify in Paragraphs 155(1)(a) and (b) (Federal version) and Paragraphs 147(1)(a) and (b) (Provincial Version) that the Chief Safety Officer and/or the Chief Conservation Officer may

(a)    authorize the use of equipment, methods, measures or standards in lieu of any required by any regulation made under section 153 (Federal version) and under section 146 (Provincial version), if those Officers are satisfied that the use of that other equipment or those other methods, measures or standards would provide a level of safety, protection of the environment and conservation equivalent to that provided by compliance with the regulations; or

(b)    grant an exemption from any requirement imposed, by any regulation made under section 153, in respect of equipment, methods, measures or standards, if those Officers are satisfied with the level of safety, protection of the environment and conservation that will be achieved without compliance with that requirement.

Furthermore, Paragraph 210.07(1) (Federal version) and Paragraph 202BT(1) (Provincial version) states that the Chief Safety Officer may, on application, permit the use at a workplace, for a specified time and subject to specified conditions, of specified equipment, methods, measures, standards or other things, in lieu of any required by regulations made under Part III.1 (Federal version) and Part IIIA (Provincial version), if he or she is satisfied that protection of the health and safety of employees at the workplace would not be diminished and the granting of the permission is not otherwise prohibited by regulation.

To process such requests, a "regulatory query” process has been developed which the Board’s Operations/Health Safety & Environment Department administers.
Applicants requesting approval for substitution or exemption from a regulatory requirement must submit a Regulatory Query Form (RQ Form) in accordance with the Safety and Conservation Directive entitled Regulatory Queries.

RQ applications for substitution in lieu of Part III.1 (Federal version) and Part IIIA (Provincial version) regulations will be posted below for public review and submissions.  Submissions received are forwarded to the applicant for review and consideration, and to the Chief Safety Officer for consideration before making an RQ decision.

If CNSOPB staff determines that the applicant's proposal is acceptable, they will make a recommendation to the Chief Safety Officer and/or the Chief Conservation Officer. The Chief Safety Officer and/or the Chief Conservation Officer makes the decision and posts such decisions below.

REGULATORY QUERY APPLICATIONS – Public Notice Board

The following Regulatory Query Applications have been made to the Chief Safety Officer for a regulatory variance in lieu of Regulations made under Part III.1 (Federal version) and Part IIIA (Provincial version) of the Accord Acts, and are open for public review and submissions.  Public submissions may be made to the CNSOPB at email.

 

Regulatory Query Application

Application Posted

Last day for Public Submissions

RQ-159 Rev. 1, Fire Fighter Equipment September 27, 2018 October 26, 2018

REGULATORY QUERIES – Decisions (Chief Safety Officer)

The CNSOPB posts all RQ decisions.  You can view the decisions by clicking on the links in the table below.
Note: RQ Decisions made prior to April 13, 2012 are not posted

 

Date

Decision

04-07-18

NRA-2018-OP-007 Life Rafts - Alternate Location for Rig Move

30-05-18

RQ-161 Temporary Increase in Maximum Personnel on Board

17-05-18

RQ-074, Rev 2, Deluge Testing

10-05-18

WAQ-NS-RQ28 (Rev 0) Welding and Hot Work on West Aquarius

13-03-18

WAQ-NS-RQ23 (Rev 0) – Escape Routes

13-03-18

WAQ-NS-RQ13 (Rev 0) Fire Extinguishing Systems in Machinery and Flammable Liquid Storage Spaces

13-03-18

WAQ-NS-RQ16 (Rev 0) Gas Detection Systems

13-03-18

WAQ-NS-RQ17 (Rev 0) Alarm Panels and Signals

13-03-18

WAQ-NS-RQ15 (Rev 0) Automatic Fire Detection Systems

21-02-18

RQ-160 Rev 1 - Hot Work - Non-Flame Hot Work on Offshore Platforms

21-02-18

WAQ-NS-RQ22 (Rev 0) – Piping

21-02-18

WAQ-NS-RQ25 (Rev 0) – Sprinkler Systems in Accommodations Areas

31-01-18

WAQ-NS-RQ24 (Rev 0) - Rescue Basket

18-04-18

WAQ-NS-RQ14 (Rev 0) Fire Extinguishers

06-04-18

WAQ-NS-RQ05 (Rev 0) Cranes

23-03-18

WAQ-NS-RQ18 (Rev 0) Ladders, Stairways and Ramps

23-03-18

WAQ-NS-RQ19 (Rev 0) Elevating Devices

23-03-18

WAQ-NS-RQ03b (Rev 1) Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Areas

21-03-18

WAQ-NS-RQ33 (Rev 1) Maximum Angle of Heel

14-03-18

WAQ-NS-RQ8 (Rev 0) – Ventilation of Hazardous Spaces

13-03-18

WAQ-NS-RQ09 (Rev 0) Emergency Electrical Power

22-02-18

WAQ-NS-RQ07 (Rev 0) – Arrangement of Materials and Equipment

22-02-18

WAQ-NS-RQ04 (Rev 0) Mechanical Equipment

21-02-18

WAQ-NS-RQ12 (Rev 0) Fire Pump Systems and Water Mains

21-02-18

WAQ-NS-RQ10 (Rev 0) Fire Hydrant Systems

21-02-18

WAQ-NS-RQ06 (Rev 0) Collision Regulations

21-02-18

WAQ-NS-RQ03c (Rev 0) Electrical Standards

25-01-18

WAQ-NS-RQ03a (Rev 0) Hazardous Area Compliance

25-01-18

WAQ-NS-RQ02 Helideck

13-01-18

WAQ-NS-RQ01 (Rev 1) General

18-12-17

RQ -NRA-2017-HZ-002 Hot Work – Under Permit During Operations

21-11-17

RQ-NRA-2017-HZ-004 Self-closing Doors – Manual Operation

21-11-17

RQ-NRA-2017-FS-001 Deluge System – Manual in Lieu of Automatic Operation

21-11-17

RQ-NRA-2017-EL-002 UPS for Alarm & Communication System

10-11-17

RQ-NRA-2017-HZ-007 Static Electricity Technical Specification

10-11-17

RQ-NRA-2017-ME-004 Man-lifts, Manriders, and Elevators Certification

10-11-17

RQ-NRA-2017-HZ-003 Electrical Code – Alternate Standards

10-11-17

RQ-NRA-2017-FG-001 System Design

09-11-17

RQ-NRA-2017-OP-005 Rescue Boat — Alternate Arrangements

09-11-17

RQ-NRA-2017-OP-004 Maintenance Regime

09-11-17

RQ-NRA-2017-HZ-006  R1 Doors to Enclosed Areas

09-11-17

RQ-NRA-2017-ME-002 Fuel Supply Shutoff— Alternate Standards

09-11-17

RQ-NRA-2017-ME-001 Engine Maintenance — Alternate Standards

09-11-17

RQ-NRA-2017-CN-004  A-class Divisions — Alternate Standards

09-11-07

RQ-NRA-2017-HZ-001 API 500 — Alternate Standard

06-11-17

RQ-NRA-2017-ST-001 Stability Calculations to Include Ice_Snow Loading

06-11-07

RQ-NRA-2017-ST-002 Site Study_Investigation Standard

06-11-07

RQ-NRA-2017-CN-013 Platform Construction

06-11-17

RQ-NRA-2017-CN-008 Structural and Fatigue Analysis

06-11-17

RQ-NRA-2017-CN-001 Loads & Forces – Alternate Standards

26-09-17

RQ-NRA-2017-CN-005 Rev.1 - Piping Design - PVC

18-09-17

RQ-NRA-2017-CN-006 – Structural Design - Installation

18-09-17

RQ-NRA-2017-OP-002, V1 - TP 4414 - Alternate Standards

18-09-17

RQ-NRA-2017-CN-003 - Two Means of Escape – Alternate Standards

18-09-17

RQ-NRA-2017-FS-006  Foam System - Design Standard

15-09-17

RQ-157, Rev 2 - Temporary Diesel Driven Air Compressor

15-09-17

RQ-075, Rev. 1 - Handrail Welding

05-09-17

RQ-NRA-2017-OP-001 CSA Z299 Alternate Standards

05-09-17

RQ-NRA-2017-FS-004  Water Mist System - Equivalent to Water Spray System

05-09-17

RQ-NRA-2017-FS-003  Water Mist System - Equivalent to Sprinkler System

08-08-17

RQ-NRA-20I7-EL-001 Electrical Systems Design and Cable Standards

08-08-17

RQ-NRA-20I7-FS-002 Fire Pump - Audible Alarm at Pump

08-08-17

RQ-NRA-2017-CN-011 Air Gap Determination Standard

08-08-17

RQ-NRA-2017-OP-003 Rescue Basket Alternate Arrangements

08-08-17

RQ-NRA-2017-FS-007 Extinguishing System - Operational Status

22-06-17

RQ RQ-N RA-20 I 7-CN-002, Corrosion Protection Standard

14-07-16

RQ-073 Rev. 1 M-79A Surface-Controlled Subsurface Safety Valve_SCSSSV

12-08-15

RQ-070, Cert of West Fire Pump oil Circulation Unit Transformer

19-10-12

RQF 066, Global Marine Distress Safety System

29-09-12

RQF 065, Statutory Operations Manual

20-07-12

RQF-064, Light and Sound Signals

REGULATORY QUERIES – Decisions (Chief Conservation Officer)

The CNSOPB posts all RQ decisions.  You can view the decisions by clicking on the links in the table below.
Note: RQ Decisions made prior to April 13, 2012 are not posted.

Date

Decision

04-05-16

NS24-B71-1E- Requirement to Retain in Canada Seismic Sections on
Reproducible Film

22-09-15

NS24-B71-1E - Additional Time Requested to Process Seismic Data and
Prepare Final Report

31-03-15

NS24-S6-3E - Requirement to Retain in Canada Seismic Sections on
Reproducible Film