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Glossary of Terms


These programs are deemed to be part of the collective agreements between the parties to the NAV CANADA Joint Council, to which represented employees are to be afforded ready access.

Grievance procedure

In cases of alleged misinterpretation or misapplication arising out of these programs, the grievance procedure, as amended by the NCJC bylaws, will apply for all represented employees.


Terms By Letter
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Part II of the Canada Labour Code.

(Code Canadien du travail)


Current-carrying capacity expressed in amperes.


authorized inspection agency

The provincial or territorial or other inspection agency which:

    1. Employs Qualified Inspectors

    2. Meets the requirements of an "Authorized Inspection Agency" as defined in Section 3.2 of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.

    3. does not contract with NAV CANADA for the operation, repair or maintenance of boilers, pressure vessels or piping systems.

(organisme d'inspection autorisé)

bargaining agent

An employee organization:

    1. that has been certified by the Canada Labour Relations Board as bargaining agent for a bargaining unit, and

    2. the certification of which has not been revoked.

(agent négociateur)

change room

A room that is used by employees to change from their street clothes to their work clothes and back to their street clothes after work.



The Canadian Standards Association.

(ACNOR - Association canadienne de normalisation)


Any hazard or condition that could reasonably be expected to cause injury or illness to a person exposed thereto before the hazard or condition can be corrected.



The plans, patterns, drawings and specifications used for fabrication.


direct current electrical circuit

The greatest voltage between any two conductors of the circuit or between any conductor of the circuit and ground.

(circuit de courant électrique continu)

electrical equipment

Equipment for the generation, distribution or use of electricity.

(outillage électrique)

elevated work structures

A structure or device that is used as elevated work base for persons or as an elevated platform for material and includes any scaffold, stage or staging, walk-way, decking, bridge, boatswain's chair, tower, crawling board, temporary floor, any portable ladder or means of access or egress from any of the foregoing, and any safety net, landing or other device used in connection with such a structure.

(charpente surélevée)


Any person employed by an employer and includes a dependent contractor and a private constable, but does not include a person who performs management functions or is employed in a confidential capacity in matters relating to industrial relations


employer/ NAV CANADA

Any person authorized by the corporation to exercise the authority of NAV CANADA over any person, or its dependent contractors.


field party

A field survey or field operations party, or a party operating in an area which is generally more than two hours travel time by usually available transportation from the nearest medical facility. However, in any unusual circumstances, NAV CANADA may apply this term to parties operating at locations less than two hours travel time from such a facility.

(équipe de travail sur le terrain)


Emergency primary treatment or care that conforms with the recommended practice of the St. John Ambulance Association and that is provided by NAV CANADA in respect of an injury or illness of an employee arising out of or in the course of employment.

(premiers soins)

first-aid attendant

A person who is qualified in accordance with paragraph 3.2 and who provides first-aid services on a voluntary basis in conjunction with his or her regular duties.


first-aid certificate (basic)

The certificate issued by an approved organization for successful completion of a one day first aid course.

(certificat de secourisme élémentaire)

first-aid kit

An approved container with approved first-aid supplies in accordance with the Canada Labour Code.

(trousse de premiers soins)

first-aid room

A room provided by NAV CANADA to be used exclusively for purposes of administering first-aid.

(salle de premiers soins)


A regulating, controlling or measuring device subject to internal pressure and attached to a boiler, pressure vessel or piping system and includes a gauge cock, water column, feedwater level controller, pipe fittings and safety, stop-check, blowdown, continuous blowdown, soot blower, feed water, water treatment, drain vent and isolating valves.


guarantee of isolation

In respect of electrical equipment, a guarantee in writing by the person in charge that it is isolated.

(attestation de coupure de la source)


An electrical equipment is covered, shielded, fenced, enclosed or inaccessible by location or otherwise protected in a manner that will prevent or reduce danger to any person who might touch or go near that equipment.


hazard information, in respect of a hazardous substance

Information on the proper and safe storage, handling, use and disposal of the hazardous substance, including information relating to its toxicological properties.

(renseignements sur les risques)

hazardous substance

Includes a controlled product and a chemical, biological or physical agent that by reason of a property that the agent possesses is hazardous to the safety or health of a person exposed to it.

(substance dangereuse)

health unit

A consultation or treatment facility that is the charge of a person who is registered as a nurse under the laws of any province.

(service de santé)


A room equipped with tables and chairs in which employees may eat food brought into the premises.

(salle à manger)

major alterations

Those alterations set out in Section 10 of the CSA Standard CAN 3-B44-M85 Safety Code for Elevators.

(modifications importantes)

major repairs

Repairs that may affect the strength of a boiler, pressure vessel or piping system.

(réparations importantes)

materials handling area

An area within which the following may create a hazard to any person:

    1. Motorized materials handling equipment; or

    2. other materials handling equipment with wide swinging booms or other parts.

(zone de manutention des matériaux)

maximum carrying capacity

With respect to an elevating device, the load that the elevating device is designed and installed to lift safely.

(capacité maximale de transport)

Maximum safe working load, with respect to any materials, handling equipment or any floor, dock or other structure used in handling materials

Means the lesser of:

  1. The maximum load that such equipment or structure was designed or constructed to handle or support safely, or

  2. The maximum load that the manufacturer of such equipment or structure purports to handle or support safely.

(charge maximale admissible)

medical treatment facility

A hospital, medical clinic or physician's office.

(installation de traitement médical)

mobile elevated work structure

A vehicle-mounted aerial device, elevating rolling work platform, boom-type elevating work platform or self-propelled elevating work platform.

(charpente surélevée mobile)

motor vehicle

Any motorized vehicle that is used for the transportation of material or passengers.

(véhicule à moteur)

motor vehicle accident

An event involving the operation of a motor vehicle which results in injury to persons and/or damage to equipment or property.


motor vehicle operator

Any employee who is required to operate a motor vehicle in the performance of the employee's duties.


operating authority

NAV CANADA responsible for the operation and - or maintenance of an elevating device.

(autorité exploitante)

person in charge

A qualified person who supervises employees performing work in order to ensure the safe and proper conduct of an operation or of the work of employees.


personal protective equipment

Any clothing, equipment or device worn or used by a person to protect that person from injury or illness.

(équipement de protection individuelle)

personal service room

A change room, toilet room (excluding outdoor toilets), washroom, shower room, lunchroom, living space, sleeping quarters or any combination thereof.

(local servant aux besoins personnels)


Any injurious, noxious or troublesome insect, fungus, bacterial organism, virus, weed, rodent or other plant or animal pest, and includes any injurious, noxious or troublesome organic function of a plant or animal.



A product registered and listed under the Pest Control Products Act (PCPA) and its regulations intended to prevent, destroy or manage a pest; this includes antimicrobial agents such as disinfectants and sanitizers listed in the PCP Regulations.


potable water

Water of a quality which satisfies the standards or requirements of Health Canada (Programs for Canadian Drinking Water Quality) for drinking water.

(eau potable)


Pressure in kilopascals measured above the prevailing atmospheric pressure.


pressure vessel

A vessel, other than a boiler, that is used for containing, storing, distributing, processing or otherwise handling any gas, vapor or liquid under pressure and includes any piping system attached to the vessel.

(récipient soumis à une pression interne)

product identifier, in respect of a hazardous substance

The brand name, code name or code number specified by the supplier or NAV CANADA or the chemical name, common name, generic name or trade name.

(identificateur du produit)

qualified electrician

A person who, because of knowledge, training and experience, is licensed and otherwise qualified to perform safely and properly a specified job.

(électricien compétent)

qualified inspector

a person recognized under the laws of the province or territory in which the boiler, pressure vessel or piping system is located as qualified to inspect boilers, pressure vessels and piping systems.

(inspecteur compétent)

qualified person

In respect of a specified duty, a person who, because of knowledge, training and experience, is qualified to perform that duty safely and properly.

(personne qualifiée)


of inspection means a record prepared by a qualified inspector.

(dossier d'inspection)

record of inspection

A record prepared by a safety inspector in accordance with section 7 of this Program.

(dossier d'inspection)

regional office

A regional office of HRDC.

(bureau régional)

responsible manager

The manager who has been duly delegated to manage NAV CANADA resources in terms of a delegated budget and financial signing authority.

(gestionnaire responsible)

Safety and health committee

A committee established pursuant to the Committees and Representatives chapter.

(comité de sécurité et de santé)

safety and health representative

A person appointed as a safety and health representative pursuant to the Committees and Representatives program.

(représentant pour la sécurité et la santé)

safety device

Any device intended to aid in preventing the unsafe operation or use of an elevating device or manlift.

(dispositif de sécurité)

safety ground or safety grounding

A system of conductors, electrodes and clamps, connections or devices that electrically connect an isolated electrical facility to ground for the purpose of protecting employees working on the facility from dangerous electrical shock.

(prise de terre de sécurité)

safety inspector

An employee of an inspection agency accredited by the provincial or territorial inspection agency for elevating devices.

(inspecteur de sécurité)

safety officer

A person designated as a safety officer pursuant to the Canada Labour Code, Part II, and includes a regional safety officer.

(agent de sécurité)

safety restraining device

Any safety belt, safety harness, seat, rope, belt, strap or life-line designed to be used by an employee to protect that employee from injury due to falling, and includes every fitting, fastening or accessory thereto.

(dispositif protecteur de soutien)

sanitary condition

That state of any environment, equipment or object that will not render it injurious to health.


sanitary facility

A toilet or personal cleansing facility, and may include a toilet, urinal, wash basin and shower bath.

(installation sanitaire)


To take any measures necessary by a qualified person to prevent the unauthorized operation or use of an elevating device.


standard code of signals

A code of signals that:

    1. is adopted by the company for use by all signalers in directing the safe movement or operation of materials handling equipment; and

    2. complies with the code of signals recommended by the National Safety Council, or the American National Standards Institute.

(code uniforme de signalisation)


Any insect or rodent pest.


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