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ESA issues new Ontario Electrical Safety Code


Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is issuing the 24th edition of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (2009) on May 1, following the Government of Ontario’s approval earlier this year.

This edition contains 255 changes associated with the Ontario
amendments and the 2009 Canadian Electrical Code. Ted Olechna,
provincial code engineer with ESA, says the OESC 2009 reflects changes
to industry standards “that will positively impact public electrical
safety and electrical installations in the Province of Ontario”.

Electrical installations must meet OESC rules that were in effect at
the time the application for inspection was filed, or the plans
submitted to ESA for review. As a result, changes associated with the
24th edition will apply to any applications for inspection filed
starting May 1. (Applications or plans submitted prior to May 1, 2009,
need not comply with the 24th edition.)

ESA is offering training to provide the industry with an overview of
key changes included in this edition, and to provide clarification on
compliance requirements that will affect their business.

CLICK HERE for more information on changes to the OESC, or to purchase a copy.