Safety

January 2, 2018 — The Ontario Ministry of Labour says it is enhancing protection for workers by increasing the maximum fines for individuals and businesses that don’t meet workplace health and safety standards.
December 14, 2017 - “We are deeply saddened to confirm that an incident involving one of our helicopter aircraft occurred in the Tweed [Ontario] area and has resulted in four fatalities,” reports Hydro One, referring to an incident that happened this morning.
November 17, 2017 —Bondfield Construction Company Ltd., J.M.R. Electric Ltd. and Toromont Industries Ltd. have been fined a total of $460,000 after a worker was injured during the construction of the South West Detention Centre (SWDC) in Windsor, Ont.
November 15, 2017 - With the launch of Compass—a new online health & safety tool by Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Insurance Board—Ontarians can, for the first time, find and compare health & safety statistics for businesses across the province.
October 31, 2017 — On Oct. 10, 2017 Jose Julio DeNobrega was convicted in a Burlington, Ont. court and ordered to pay a $45,000 fine plus a $5,625 victim fine surcharge for conducting unsafe electrical work without an electrical contractor’s license at 14 locations in Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville.
October 26, 2017 — Toronto Hydro has received the Canada’s Safest Employers Gold Safety Award in the Utilities and Electrical Category and the 2017 Canadian Electrical Association (CEA) President’s Award of Excellence in Employee Safety.
October 6, 2017 — Having covered risk assessment procedures (RAPs) for shock & arc flash (i.e. PPE category method) in previous editions, the last RAP to cover in CSA Z462-15 “Workplace electrical safety” is the arc flash incident energy analysis method.
June 28, 2017 - I am regularly asked by professionals from a variety of electrical sectors to help them nail down comprehensive methods for executing safe electrical work practices in real-world scenarios. This is where the rubber hits the road, involving some of the most important interactions between crews and their management teams.
March 14, 2017 - The source of risk assessment procedure best practices that you find in CSA Z462-15 “Workplace electrical safety” (Clause 4.1.5.7) is CAN/CSA-Z1002-12 “Occupational health and safety - Hazard identification and elimination and risk assessment and control”.
December 12, 2016 - In my last column, I addressed the basic theory and concepts behind CSA’s family of occupational health & safety (OH&S) standards. Among them is CSA Z1000 “Occupational health & safety management”, CSA Z463 “Guideline on maintenance of electrical systems”, CSA Z460 “Control of hazardous energy: lockout and other methods” and, of course, CSA Z462 “Workplace electrical safety”.
September 12, 2016 - Did you know the original health and safety management system standard was the British BS OHSAS 18001? This was the precursor to not only CAN/CSA-Z1000 “Occupational health & safety management” but also ANSI/AIHA/ASSE Z10 “Occupational health & safety management systems”, which is used in the United States.
July 7, 2016 - To ensure electrical safety is being observed on the jobsite, it is imperative for supervisors and managers to regularly get in the field and make comprehensive observations and perform audits.
January 12, 2018 — Health Canada has issued a recall for certain Flos Romeo Moon model S2 and Romeo Louis II model S2 pendant lamps.
December 22, 2017 — Health Canada, the U.S. CPSC and Monte Carlo have issued a joint recall for the Monte Carlo Cyclone ceiling fans.  
December 21, 2017 — Health Canada, the U.S. CPSC and Hunter Fan Company have issued a joint recall involving the owner’s manual included with Hunter Contempo ceiling fan model 59180 sold in Canada. Additional affected models have been sold in the United States.
December 13, 2017 — The U.S. CPSC is reporting a recall involving Westinghouse iGen2500 and iPro2500 portable inverter generators by MWE Investments used to power appliances, cell phones or other electric devices.
June 29, 2017 - Both Health Canada and the U.S. CPSC are reporting a recall involving Home Decorators Collection 3-light and 4-light Comotti vanity fixtures due to burn and laceration hazards.
June 7, 2017 - In a joint recall with Health Canada and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Nidec Motor Corp. is recalling certain variable-speed swimming pool motors with a programmable user interface on the top because the pump control cover may not be properly grounded, posing an electrical shock hazard.
December 11, 2017 — UL has identified an unauthorized UL Mark on FSL LED lamps.
September 6, 2017 - “Smart Electrician” receptacle-type ground fault circuit interrupters Model GLX-15ATR by Huizhou Faith Electric Manufacture bear unauthorized Intertek Certification Marks for Canada and the States.
August 30, 2017 - CSA Group is warning the public of the unauthorized use of CSA Group Certification Marks on wiring that has been noted as a component on various products, mainly arriving from China.
August 30,2017 - Intertek issued a warning over a James Industry Group LLC direct replacement LED tube, which bears an unauthorized Intertek Recognized Component Certification Mark for Canada and the United States.
June 29, 2017 - In consultation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Milwaukee Tool is voluntarily expanding warnings and instructions for its M18 high-demand 9.0 battery pack (No. 48-11-1890) to address situations that could lead to pack failure and/or other safety hazards.
June 21, 2017 - UL has identified an LED driver—which may have been sold separately or packaged with an LED light kit—bearing a counterfeit UL Mark.
December 11, 2017 — MSA has announced the new V-Shock line of personal fall limiters (PFL) for fall protection. The V-Shock Mini PFL is designed with overmold housing to withstand abusive jobsite environments.
June 1, 2017 - Werner says it has developed new fall protection products to protect workers in high-risk environments: the ProForm F3 harnesses, which feature a patented relief cord system. This allows the user to relieve possible deadly pressure on femoral arteries and pressure on the clavicle, typically caused by harness straps in a post-fall condition, according to Werner.
March 29, 2017 - Brady has announced its Safety Lock and Tag Carrier, which can hold up to 12 safety padlocks and keys, as well as lockout hasps and lockout procedure tags.
March 29, 2017 - Carhartt is adding eight new women’s styles to its flame-resistant (FR) line. The new assortment includes a jacket, a denim pant and canvas pant, a coverall, a woven shirt, and three knit shirts and is “purpose-built for women working in the electric utilities and oil and gas industries”.
November 29, 2016 - MSA Safety’s Latchways Mini personal fall limiter (PFL) for fall protection is now available in single and twin-leg tie-back versions.
November 25, 2016 - Eaton says its new 2016 arc flash relay system “helps improve worker safety and maximize electrical assembly uptime by quickly clearing arc flash events”.

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