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RECAP – EBMag’s Tweets from “Canada’s New Product Safety Regime” Seminar

September 29, 2011 | By Anthony Capkun

September 28, 2011 – EBMag’s editor, Anthony Capkun, attended today’s “Understanding the New Frontier of Canada’s New Product Safety Regime: A Professional Learning Forum”, put on by Electro-Federation Canada (EFC), Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH), and CSA Group. And, while there, we Tweeted some of interesting information!

We post our Tweets in real-time to our Twitter Feed – they include some of the points brought up by the speakers, which included: Electrical Safety Authority’s (ESA’s) Norm Breton; CSA Group’s Daniel Langlois; and Health & Safety Canada’s Geoff Barrett and Helen Ryan. Below, we’ve consolidated all those Tweets for your reading pleasure (in reverse chronological order):

@EFC_Tweets Health Canada’s Helen Ryan explains that good product testing involves potential product misuse… is there a trend?

@EFC_Tweets Health Canada’s Helen Ryan says to manufacturers: when you know of a problem, let us know. Worry about Recall language later


@EFC_Tweets CSA Group clients MUST report unsafe products bearing CSA Mark to CSA.

@EFC_Tweets CSA’s Langlois reminds delegates of differences between Canada and US Marks, and Mark valid for both countries

@EFC_Tweets CSA Group’s Daniel Langlois explains the importance of protecting the CSA Mark

@EFC_Tweets Breton says top incident categories include Lighting, Wiring/Distribution, & Industrial Machinery

@EFC_Tweets Breton says about 50% of electrical reporting involves fire & shock hazards

@EFC_Tweets ESA’s Breton explains 35% of reports involve unapproved & counterfeit products

ESA’s Breton says number of reports increasing year after year, mainly as people become aware of reporting requirements

ESA’s Norm Breton @EFC_Tweets points out majority of incident reports involve consumer products; retailers busiest reporters

@EFC_Tweets ESA’s Norm Breton reminds delegates that mandatory reporting of serious electrical incidents required since July 2008

@EFC_Tweets Health Canada has coordinated review of incidents involving electrical products with ESA & @CSA_Standards

@EFC_Tweets Helen Ryan of Health Canada explains its new powers for demanding additional product info from suppliers.

@EFC_Tweets Health Canada already collaborates on product safety issues & joint recalls with US CPSC

EBMag is @EFC_Tweets “canada’s new product safety regime” seminar.

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