Environment and Safety

Environment and Safety

The recycle centre is near the racing shed on the fenceline beside the blue container. The yellow and gray hut contains 4 x 45 gallon drums, one each for:


Beside the yellow and gray recycle hut are three other 45 gallon drums marked specifically for ANTIFREEZE, OILY RAGS, and DIESEL/GAS RAGS. Also in this area are 2 gray ‘gull wing’ containers that can be used to place empty and partially full PAINT CANS, BRUSHES, ROLLERS, etc for disposal. There are also wooden trays stored there for use when painting on the ‘hard’. Please place your paint cans and trays in these rather than leaving them on the tarmac. At this time we can not recycle bilge water as Base Logistics would require each drum to be tested for contents before taking it away at a quite substantial cost to the club. You can imagine what might or might not be included in our bilge water, ughhhhhh!

Safety in the Workshops and on the Foreshore Members are reminded that power tools and workshop equipment are for the use of authorized club members only. Personal protective equipment: eye protection, hearing protection, work gloves, safety helmets, is available to members and must be used as necessary. CSA approved ladders are available for use on the foreshore and these must be SECURED to boats when used as access ladders. Members are further reminded that extension cords used on the Foreshore must be a minimum of 14AWG and three pronged and in good condition.

Wash Water System The hull pressure washing recycle system will be back in operation after the winter season for the March 21 2017 haul out. The system is operating well and has provided us with recycled water that has prevented a significant amount of pollutants from entering the ocean. The club has purchased a second 3500 psi pressure washer to speed up the washing process.  Any questions on this system, please give me a call. The Base tests the water each fall before we empty the tankage prior to freezing temperatures arriving and so far the tests have shown the water to meet CRD standards for disposal.

Spill Kits CFB Esquimalt has very kindly provided the club with a significant number of environmental items. The most visible are 6 large plastic spill kit drums. These are located on the main dock, at the head of the main gangway and under the blue awning.  Together with new oil booms and spill pads we are now well equipped to deal with spills should they occur.

Flares and Pyrotechnics, Do’s and Don’ts

  • DO check that you have the required amount of flares on board for the size of your vessel
  • DO check that your flares are in date.
  • DO take overage flares to the nearest RCMP detachment for disposal or contact your local Fire Department for advice.
  • DON’T attempt to touch or move flares that are not in good condition (seeping, swollen, broken) and any other type of explosive such as: detonators, black powder, dynamite or military ordnance. Call your nearest RCMP detachment for help.
  • DON’T put expired flares in with the regular garbage – they are explosives!
  • DON’T dump expired flares overboard – they could be washed ashore and cause injury.
  • DON’T discharge expired flares – it is illegal to send a false distress signal under the Canadian Shipping Act.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning This link, courtesy of the Dartmouth Yacht Club, provides valuable information on the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. carbon monoxide

CCCCCCOld Water CCCCCan KKKKKKKill A very informative link here to instruct on the effects of cold water from a Canadian perspective: http://www.coldwaterbootcamp.com/

Any questions about safety and the environment give me a call 250-721-2951 or Email Ray Stacey