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Transportation of the Dead Regulations made under Section 74 of the
Health Protection Act
S.N.S. 2004, c. 4
(March 9, 1942), N.S. Reg. 44/42
1 The body of anyone who has died of bubonic plague, smallpox, asiatic cholera, typhus fever, scarlet fever or any communicable disease in respect of which the Minister of Health may declare by regulation this regulation to be applicable shall not be transported by railway, boat or other conveyance within the province or beyond it, unless all orifices of the body have first been blocked with absorbent cotton, the body itself wrapped in a sheet saturated with a strong disinfectant fluid, and the body enclosed in metal or metal-lined coffin or casket that is permanently sealed to prevent its being opened and to prevent leakage. These provisions shall be carried out to the satisfaction of the Medical Health Officer of the district concerned or other constituted authority, whose certificate to this effect shall appear on the outside of the coffin or casket.
2 Such dead body shall not be accompanied by any person or article which has been exposed to the infection from the disease, unless certified by the Medical Health Officer to have been properly disinfected.
3 The body of anyone who has died of a disease other than one of those mentioned in Regulation 1 may be received for transportation by railway, boat or other conveyance within the province or beyond it when enclosed in a sound coffin or casket and re-enclosed in a strong outside wooden box provided it will reach its destination within seventy-two hours from the time of death. In cases where it will not be possible to insure the proposed transit will be completed within seventy-two hours, the body shall not be accepted for transportation unless it has been embalmed by a licensed embalmer, or is enclosed in a sealed metal or metal-lined coffin or casket and re-enclosed in a strong outside wooden box.
4 No disinterred body shall be transported by railway, boat or other conveyance unless such transportation is approved by the Medical Health Officer having jurisdiction at the place of disinterment. All disinterred remains shall for transportation purposes be enclosed in metal or metal-lined coffins or caskets permanently sealed and re-enclosed in strong outside wooden boxes.
5 Shipping posters furnished by the railway or other transportation company must be properly completed and executed.
6 The Medical Health Officer or other authority shall not sign any transit or other paper unless and until the applicant for such shall submit to him a burial or removal permit from the Division Registrar of Births and Deaths.