Electrical Safety Ontario

Electrical Safety Ontario
Electrical Safety Ontario

Electrical Safety in Ontario is a major concern for law makers and citizens, employers and employees. Ontario’s electrical safety watchdog, the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), tracks electrical accidents and penalizes companies in violation of the Ontario Electrical Code, the province’s rules and regulations that protect the province’s workers from electrical accidents. Electrocutions in the workplace in the last ten years account for 60 per cent.

Electrical Safety Ontario – Electrical Mortality Rates
In a report, the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has determined that 70 per cent of the electrical safety injuries that occur in Ontario happen in five areas. In the last ten years, 49 per cent of all electrocutions (fatal electric shocks) happen due to human contact with power lines. Since then, there have been at least 1,000 cooking fires from electric stove-tops that resulted. Electrocutions in the workplace make up 60 per cent of the total number of electrocutions in the last 10 years. Most of these electrical fatalities and injuries are from working on live electric panels. ESA’s Ontario Electrical Safety Report indicates that fatalities resulting from electrical fire have declined 56 per cent in the last decade. According to that same report, electrocution rates have dropped to 43 per cent in the last 10 years.

Electrical Safety Ontario – Employees
The Electrical Safety Authority’s primary targets for improving Ontario’s electrical safety include: reducing contact with power lines, lowering electrical accidents and incidents to Ontario’s electrical workers, and reducing situations that come from misusing electrical products, using unapproved electrical products, or using electrical counterfeit products. ESA’s secondary targets for improving Ontario’s electrical safety include: implementing safety regulation for installation, design and maintenance of street lights, reducing incidents that comes from aging electrical equipment, improve safety regulations on 347-volt systems, addressing issues concerning electrical devices and bathtubs, among others.

Electrical Safety Ontario – ESA Mandate
ESA has a mandate to regulate the safe use of electricity and equipment in Ontario. It also enforces the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, and appoints Electrical Inspectors. It believes that its mandate is there to ensure that:

  • Electrical workers and non electrical workers have the highest level of technical and service knowledge about the hazards of electricity in the workplace.
  • The best technical expertise is accessed to define and modify electrical standards.
  • Programs and services meet customer needs and are delivered in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Systems and processes are updated to respond to changing technology.
  • Information sources are clearly defined to assist in assessing public safety needs and priorities.
  • Ongoing consultation with all stakeholders.
  • New electrical safety opportunities are vigorously pursued.
  • Safety partnerships are developed to extend the reach of important safety messages.

Electrical Safety Ontario – Infrastructure Healh and Safety Association
The Infrastructure Healh and Safety Association (IHSA) was created in 2010 by merging the Construction Safety Association of Ontario (CSAO), the Electrical & Utilities Safety Association of Ontario (EUSA), and the Transportation Health and Safety Association of Ontario (THSAO). The Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA) works with employers and workers in Ontario to eliminate electrical injury and illness.

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